5 Ways Your Church Can Reach Out to the Neighborhood

When it comes to lending a hand to those in need, where does your church shine?

In our church, we often speak of living out our gospel identity in everyday rhythms of life (know the story, listen, bless, celebrate and suffer, eat, rest, and work). In fact, much of what we do is not meant to add things to the schedule, but bring intentionality to the things we are already doing.

The following lists are a few practical examples of simple things you can begin doing to bring gospel intentionality to your schedule. Hopefully as you are reading through these examples it will spark ideas for your own life.

1. Make a list of all the birthdays, anniversaries and important dates of the people in your church and neighborhood/workplace. Get those gifted in party planning to help you plan celebrations for those special days.

2. Start a needs awareness network/Facebook group for your neighborhood so that people can communicate the needs of people in the neighborhood, and your church family can respond as needs come up. Encourage your other neighbors to join and help.

3. Throw a neighborhood party once a quarter. Try to line them up with the major holidays celebrated by the people in your city. Hang in there and do it regularly to create a rhythm of celebration in your neighborhood. Make it something people look forward to each year.

4. Recruit someone with decorating and party planning skills to volunteer with you to help struggling families in your neighborhood or part of the city. Utilize the variety of gifts in your missional community to help pull it off.

5. Offer to be the point person at your workplace to help other coworkers when they experience difficult times. Be the person who helps line up meals, or line up other needs to help them when things are rough.

Consider these Scripture passages: Romans 12:15, Leviticus 23, Acts 2:42-47, Hebrews 10:24-25

Josh Reeves
Josh Reeves is the Lead Pastor at Redeemer Church in Round Rock, Texas. He is married and has three children.