There is an emerging trend toward seeing one’s neighborhood as primary mission field. The idea is that wherever relationships happen most naturally, so to will outreach and discipleship happen most naturally. If done well, churches could spring up in each neighborhood and restore the “parish” concept.
- The Connecting Church by Randy Frazee – Book Notes
- Connecting Church Association Blog & Resources
- Sharefest Service Projects – How to Organize a City-Wide Service Project
- Thousand Acre Church – Ideas & Applications
- Christian Community Development Association – Service Provider for the Service Providers
- Urban Ministry – Networking and Resourcing Volunteer Opportunities
- Nate Ledbetter & Sub-Urban Group – An initiative in South Atlanta
- 150 Ways to Build Social Capital
Alternative to Neighborhoods
Neighborhoods, in many cases, are not the most natural set of social ties we have. If you find yourself in such a circumstance, it would be just as valuable to adopt your workplace or hobby club. One excellent emerging resource is Meet-Up, a link to finding clubs and groups with similar interests in your area.