Community Teaching Moments
"Community Teaching Moments" grew from the recognition that it was difficult for people to apply the Life Model maturity indicators in a practical way as they pertain to a community setting.Though one can read the various stages and what they entail, how they might actually 'play out" is another step of understanding. These short pieces are not definitive but more descriptive.
Various situations are common to home fellowship groups, some specifically to Messianic or Hebrew Roots assemblies. These short articles are meant to be "conversation starters" in an effort to help communities examine similar situations and how they HAVE responded and how they MIGHT respond. They may be able to differentiate more clearly between ways of handling situations that contribute to the growth and stability of the group as opposed to those that lead to more chaos. They may prove helpful to differentiate between behavior that is to be encouraged and discouraged; behavior that encourages personal and corporate growth and behavior that stifles it. Each piece briefly describes a situation and then examines the type of response that could be expected from those who are at each level of development as listed in the Life Model stages: Infant, Child, Adult, Parent and Elder.
Familiarity with the Life Model concepts is best to be able to use these "moments" but a beginning point is to be aware of the basic characteristics and behaviors of those in each of the stages. Here is a link to the basic Maturity Indicators chart.
I have listed the topics in what I believe to be the order of least to most challenging.
Undisposed Used Tissue: This piece is a very basic, simple example of the application of maturity indicators to community behavior.
Responding to an Injury During Community Gathering
Recognizing and Responding to a Community Need
Community Discussion/Evaluation of Community Event
Dealing with Distracting Behavior
Choosing and Being Received into Community
Dealing with the Illness of an Elder
Dealing with Aggressive Children