This is how one church started to reach out to their neighborhood. I’m floored by the change in DNA required to make this happen.
When we started Neighborhood Connection Groups, it was our way of trying to help people make the connection between their everyday lives and the unique ministry to which God is calling each of them.
The Neighborhood Connection Groups process was designed to address our adaptive challenge by beginning with where people live, work, recreate, and generally spend their time. In other words, if the adaptive challenge is to help people discover that ministry begins where they are, then the place to start with Neighborhood Connection Groups is in those places where they are already living their lives.
A person’s Neighborhood Connection Group could be an activity or a club that he or she joins for the first time, or it could be an activity in which he or she is already active. As a result, participants are set up from the start to begin to discover that God can work through them, not only at church, but also out in the world where they are living their day to day lives.