Albert Tate on the Power of Community—GLS21 Faculty Spotlight
If you’ve been to The Global Leadership Summit before, you very likely remember Albert Tate, founding pastor of Fellowship Church. If you haven’t yet had the joy of hearing his mic-drop insights and straight-to-the-heart humor, you’re in for a real treat!
With fresh insight especially for this year, Albert will close the conference with the wisdom, encouragement and humor he’s best known for. Get your GLS21 tickets today! And until then, enjoy his recent article on the power of community and discover why your relationships are key to your leadership growth.
The Power of Community
It’s no secret it’s been a hard year. As a pastor, I’ve been on the other end of a lot of tearful phone calls, despairing messages and I’ve spoken at plenty of funerals. It’s one of my life’s greatest privileges and joys to sit with brothers and sisters in their deepest pain, but it’s difficult too. This season is heavy and exhausting, and I wish I knew when things would get better—but that’s not for me, or any of us, to know. What I do know, however, is God is still on the throne, and within this difficult season I’ve been reminded of something I’ve experienced and known since I was a boy: the power of community.
Calling on Community
If Covid-19 has taught us anything, it’s how unsustainable most of our lives were before lockdown. Many of us were constantly on the go, pushing and grinding and letting the days pass us by in a blur of busyness and hustle.
…so many of us feel lonely because we’ve been neglecting to build strong communities.
For many of us, we were surrounded by other people and always looking toward the next task and the next moment. Our lives felt very full, but it probably took a week or less of lockdown to show us how much that “fullness” relied on things being “normal.”
That said, Covid-19 blindsided us. We were thrown out of our element and into a new normal at lighting speed. And once the dust of confusion and fear began to settle, many of us noticed something: we were lonely. Not just lonely—isolated.
Now this could be true whether you live alone, with your spouse, roommates or your family. Regardless of our personal living situations, many of us have experienced loneliness as a direct result of the pandemic and lockdown. But this loneliness is the symptom of a deeper problem and a troubling truth: so many of us feel lonely because we’ve been neglecting to build strong communities.
Let me explain what I mean with a few questions:
- When you’re at your lowest point, who do you invite to sit with you?
- Who are the people you invited in that actually showed up?
- Who sits with you in community when you’re going through hard times?
- Who shines the light when you’re in the dark?