It’s no secret that a sense of belonging through Community is integral to living a happy, fulfilling and enjoyable life.
Society is becoming increasingly fragmented and this means Australian’s are increasingly searching for a sense of Community and somewhere to belong.
According to Psychology Today, belonging involves being accepted (Hall 2014). It is an innate human need – similar to food and shelter. Feeling a sense of belonging is fundamental in valuing life and coping with negative emotions.
People can experience that critical sense of belonging through family, friends, social media, or by being part of a church group.
But unfortunately for some, a loving family and supportive friends are a privilege. And to add to this, the modern Social Media does not always lead to happy outcomes.
According to studies, using social media leads to lower levels of self-esteem, control and belonging. To add to this, the rise of cyberbullying only intensifies feelings of isolation and loneliness (McNamee 2014).
That’s where Ministries come into the picture. It’s been shown that Ministries function as spiritual families and can help people feel like they belong. Members can experience friendship, share their struggles, hopes and dreams. People can develop their Christian faith by taking part in the church community and nurtured through networking with other believers.
If this isn’t already enough. Churches do much more than creating a sense of community, they also give back…
Churches contribute to society by assisting the vulnerable, engaging in charity opportunities, help the poor and volunteer to enhance the greater Community.
Ministries provide teaching on the wisdom of God, but also aid in after school care, tutoring and skill development to help the local Community get their best foot forward.
Churches strive to improve moral and spiritual education and ultimately help reduce crime.
Churches improve mental and physical health, and it has been shown that in comparison to the nonreligious individual, attendees live seven years longer (Ethics and Religious Liberty Commission (SBC)).
The benefits of joining a church community can often be overlooked. However, it is a simple way to improve feelings of belonging, acceptance and self-confidence.
At Baptist camping Victoria, our camps have been built around these principles. Attending one of our camps is a sure way to be welcomed into a loving, friendly and non-judgemental community. Find out more about our camps today!