This daily post is designed to help you live into our New Room Society covenant of practicing daily prayer together. Below is today’s daily practice. If you missed the overview on day one, visit Week 15: Capacity.
Monday: Choose Carefully
How many people can you actually be close spiritual friends with?
In the early 1960s, Edward T. Hall identified four spaces of human interaction: public, social, personal, and intimate. Anthropologist Robin Dunbar proposed that humans can comfortably maintain only 150 stable relationships (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dunbar’s_number).
Take a look at the list below. Can you name the people in your first three social groups? What will have to change as you build significant leadership for your faith community?
- Intimate: ~ 5 people
- Personal: ~ 15 people
- Social: ~ 50 people
- Public: ~ 80 people