A great list of questions from Gary Roberts. Key is the notion that these are questions asked in love. And, I would argue, they can occur over quite a long time. But the answers are important for us.
A word of caution: Do not grill your neighbors as if these questions are some sort of check off list and you have to check off each one for success. Rather, these questions should be asked in love, with the intent to develop authentic relationships around shared community experience. Let them be starters for conversations that can wander according to the interests of you and your neighbors.
1. What do you appreciate most about our neighborhood?
or, What do you like best about our neighborhood? What makes it a good place to live?
2. What are your concerns about life in our neighborhood?
or, If God was to do a miracle in our neighborhood, what would you want to see changed in the next year?
or, If you could wave a magic wand and change any one or two things in our neighborhood, what would they be?
or, What are up to three changes you’d like to see that could make life better in our neighborhood?
3. How might our neighborhood become a better place?
or, If there were other people who were working together in order to make that change happen, would you be interested in helping out?
or, Are you currently involved in any volunteer work, or are you interested in volunteering? What skills, hobbies or interests do you have that you might like to share for the good of the neighborhood?