I love my CC community. Lots of great families with moms I adore and kids who are great. I LOVE doing life with these families. I can honestly tell you they’re like family, a different expression of the body of Christ to us. We don’t just share interests, we share values. We’re not just homeschooling, we’re training. We’re not just talking, we’re sharing. We’re not just there, we’re supporting. It’s a brilliant, wonderful group. And let me tell you, we’re not all the same or doing things the same, but by God’s grace it works. If I can brag for just a minute, I think what’s going right in our community has a lot to do with our director. She’s awesome sauce. But, you can’t have her ;), so please allow me to share what I see happening right around me. Maybe if you’re starting or joining a community, it’ll help you see how you can contribute.
1. Communication – I never have to wonder what’s going on. My director sends (at least) weekly emails with plenty of details and helpful reminders. She’s clear and kind. My littles’ tutors also send emails. And they’re totally available if I have a question or concern.
2. Dedication – People show up….literally and metaphorically. They’re there week after week, they come to special events, and moms are present and attentive in classrooms. (Sometimes dads come too! and they’re also great.) When a job needs doing for the community, mamas step up and get the job done.
3. Participation – I’m gonna say dedication and participation are close cousins, because they are certainly related. Participation inside and outside the classroom demonstrates a sincere commitment to the community and the goals of the community. It’s so nice to look around and see everyone joining in.
4. Motivation – You can tell families are spending time reviewing the memory work at home and the positive peer pressure of seeing your classmates know the info helps all of us.
5. Direction – To know God and to make Him known. It’s the purpose statement of CC and the guiding statement of our community’s members too. And this is something I’ve witnessed on community days and in the homes of my dear CC friends. I’ve learned so much from the guiding examples of the other mamas in my campus. Truly, I am grateful.
“Iron sharpeneth iron; so a man sharpeneth the countenance of his friend.” Proverbs 27:17
I hope you too have had the joy of experiencing true community at your campus. I’d love to hear about it! If you think your campus is not quite there, be a part of creating that community. I’m sure you’re not the only one longing for that connection.