25 Ways to Engage Your Neighborhood with the Gospel

On Saturday, I preached about our identity as missionaries. We often think of missionaries who go to another country or culture. The reality is that our world has now come to us. Being a missionary is something that every follower of Jesus is called to, it is not optional and it starts with your neighborhood, where you live. You live there for a larger purpose than that is where you bought a home.

Here is a list of 25 ways (thanks to Jonathan Dodson for compiling this) to engage your neighborhood with the gospel:

1. Stay outside in the front yard longer while watering the yard
2. Walk your dog regularly around the same time in your neighborhood
3. Sit on the front porch and letting kids play in the front yard
4. Pass out baked goods (fresh bread, cookies, brownies, etc.)
5. Invite neighbors over for dinner
6. Attend and participate in HOA functions
7. Attend the parties invited to by neighbors
8. Do a food drive or coat drive in winter and get neighbors involved
9. Have a game night (yard games outside, or board games inside)
10. Art swap night – bring out what you’re tired of and trade with neighbors
11. Grow a garden and give out extra produce to neighbors
12. Have an Easter egg hunt on your block and invite neighbors use their front yards
13. Start a weekly open meal night in your home
14. Do a summer BBQ every Friday night and invite others to contribute
15. Create a block/ street email and phone contact list for safety
16. Host a sports game watching party
17. Host a coffee and dessert night
18. Organize and host a ladies artistic creation night
19. Organize a tasting tour on your street (everyone sets up food and table on front porch)\
20. Host a movie night and discussion afterwards
21. Start a walking/running group in the neighborhood
22. Start hosting a play date weekly for other stay at home parents
23. Organize a carpool for your neighborhood to help save gas
24. Volunteer to coach a local little league sports team
25. Have a front yard ice cream party in the summer

See full list of 100

Links of the Week

  1. Jeff Vanderstelt on The elder qualification we often forget.
  2. Theology a hot issue in GOP race.
  3. Grace Driscoll on a Godly wife, woman, mother & friend.
  4. 6 characteristics of spiritual leadership.
  5. Mark Driscoll on Manhood and the fatherhood of God.
  6. Perry Noble on 10 signs you are near burnout.
  7. 30 ways to be missional in your workplace.
  8. Jonathan Dodson on 25 ways to engage your neighbors.
  9. Tim Keller on Salvation outside of Christ.
  10. Russell Moore takes on Pat Robertson. I thought Robertson was kidding when he said this, but Moore calls him to task on his statement about marriage and divorce.

Links of the Week

  1. Chuck Swindoll on The most important thing.
  2. Charles Stone on 5 non-negotiable decisions every leader must make.
  3. 25 ways to be missional in your neighborhood.
  4. Mike Breen on How culture has corrupted the American church.
  5. Jonathan Dodson on Is Pluralism more tolerant than Christianity?
  6. Motherhood is application.
  7. Steve Jobs resigns as Apple CEO.
  8. Jared Wilson & Tony Merida on Preaching Today.
  9. One of the main reasons students leave church after high school is their faith reflects the faith they’ve seen growing up.
  10. Bill Hybels on Preparation matters.
  11. 6 trends in church staffing.
  12. Carl Trueman on Teaching your kids the trinity.
  13. Scott Williams on Most leadership stress is self induced.