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Won’t You Be My Neighbor? A Guide to Reaching Out to Your Community

Won’t You Be My Neighbor? A Guide to Reaching Out to Your Community

Posted July 9, 2019 by Kristen Eleveld

Find Your People

Whether your church is in the middle of a huge metropolis or it’s on the outskirts of a tiny town, you have plenty of opportunities to reach out to the people living in your area. If your church desires to reach the people in your community take the first step and extend a welcome to your neighbors. Here are some ways your church may want to consider:
 

Host a Community Event

Everyone loves a block party! Find a creative way to create events for your community to be a part of. Invite community members to a fun afternoon or evening filled with opportunities for building relationships.
 

Volunteer Often

Your church is made up of people with all sorts of gifts and talents, and they can use those talents to help others. Find local events or organizations that need help and get to work.
 

Join Your Neighbors

You are part of your community—so be a part of it! Attend local events, get to know local business owners, and take time to cultivate relationships with community leaders.
 

Bring Your People In

Invite New People to Special Events or Services

Do you have a special Back-to-School service? Does your children’s ministry always perform a song for Christmas? These types of events are perfect opportunities for church members to ask their neighbors to join them. Take it a step further and get to know them better as you enjoy a cup of coffee together after the service or event.
 

Invite New People to Life Groups and Meetings

If your church has a moms group, senior adults luncheon, weekly meeting of college students, or some other lifestyle-type group, don’t keep it to yourselves—invite your community to join you! This is a great way to minister to people who are seeking community but may feel unsure where to begin. As you invite your neighbors to be part of these groups, take the time to get to know them and ask how you can pray for them.
 

Be Present

Communicating with your community may sound like a daunting task, but it doesn’t have to be. Your church should be an integral part of its neighborhood which means you have endless opportunities to reach out to those around you. Your authentic efforts to get to know your community will enable you to cultivate deep Christ-centered relationships. Even better—these new relationships will only flourish as you continue to invest more time and effort into them. 

Filed under: Branding, Visitor's Perspective, Marketing, Outreach Projects/Events

About the Author

Kristen Eleveld

Kristen Eleveld is a writer and self-proclaimed Mario Kart champion from Atlanta, Georgia. When she isn't working on a story or playing with her kids, you can find her at her blog.

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Comments (1)

  • Mateo
    4:58 AM
    Tue, Jul 16, 2019

    Kristen, thank you for this great article. Whilst I do agree that all of these steps can help with reaching out to your community, you also have to be able to speak their language. In our neighborhood we have a large Spanish speaking community, so it is important to think of ways to make them feel comfortable and would make more people attend our services. After we started using the app Interactio: https://interactio.io/house-of-worship our attendance has actually improved. It is an app that helps to translate any event in real-time through an app that you can use on your phone, tablet or any other device. Instead of renting expensive traditional translation hardware we’ve used this app and it helped us save a lot of money. Now everyone can listen to the sermon and grow spiritually stronger. If you are an international church this will definitely be interesting to you.

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