My favourite verse about the Body of Christ is in 1 Corinthians 12:26. “If one member suffers, all suffer together with it; if one member is honoured, all rejoice together with it.”
Just like a family, a group of friends or a sporting team if they are all united they experience the disappointments along with celebrations of others within these groups. What Saint Paul is imploring us to do as a Church is to evangelise the world with the “Good News of Jesus Christ” modelling a united Body of Christ.
So how do we do that? I think what Churches need to do is ensure that throughout the world they are modelling a culture of community. A culture where everyone builds relationships both with each other and with God.
I feel if they are to build this culture of relationships they need to be passionate about their community. They need to be inclusive of all members by being invitational providing committees and groups as well as social and parish celebrations to make connections with their own Church Community.
I think it is extremely important that everyone can find a group that they can identify with and feel they can make a contribution. Furthermore, I would argue that a goal of each of the groups would be to reach out to members of the Church to participate in their group. This not only assists the sustainability of their group but also that all members of community have been touched by the Church.
I believe Model of the Church is alive when everyone feels like they belong and work together to contribute and support the Community then we realise each part is connected to a healthy body of Christ.