I have long worked with various groups including the Church who have worked to find a definition of community. The consensus most times is that it is indefinable, but it really is not. You see most if not all of these attempts have come by trying to define/explain community within the framework of the mission or vision of the group; and in the process they set up barriers as to what community could or should be, in short they make it indefinable or settle for a meaning that while not totally incorrect is at the very least ambiguous which takes away the power of the word.
To me as simple as it may sound, community is: Coming together as one; being united together as one for the good of all or for the good of the community.
I believe that by defining it differently or ambiguously takes away the power of community. It is detrimental to the idea of community anywhere and everywhere.
Community is about bringing together a vast array of people with various inclinations in thought and life and bringing all those individuals together to do what is best for the good of the whole; of the community. This involves sacrifice from all sides for the good of all.
Defining community any other way sets us on the road to diminishing the influence that community brings to bear on life.
Scripture tells us that love of each other; of neighbor; of enemy is this most important thing that we are called to do and that this is best learned/formed in the environment of community.
Inspiration for this comes from living my life…
Also credit goes to R.A