There is a rising awareness of the need for churches to be more world aware and mission focussed. The absolute necessity of this cannot be questioned, the church is struggling to make an impact in the Western world. But greater outwardness will not necessarily solve the profound challenges before us. Without a communal centre a church will never aspire to a greater sense of mission. And without healthy community the gospel cannot be demonstrated to a watching world. Our challenging reality is that churches are struggling to build effective, intimate community in a culture that is busy, broken and fractured.