Every community goes through a time of formation. Prior to this, individuals lead separate and disconnected lives. Then they are invited to pursue a vision of life in connection that is better than life apart. During this time period, people come together around a mission, vision, purpose and goals.
Many are invited. Among those who respond, some accept the invitation because they hear a word of hope. Others come because they perceive that a good thing is happening in the new community. Many follow the call because of the leader’s vision and charisma.
Jesus formed a community of disciples through a leadership inspired by God.