November 2, 2012
10 Ways to Meet the Neighbors (part 1)
Step one in being a Matthew in My Hope with Billy Graham is to Look Around and identify your friends, family, and yes, neighbors, who don’t place their Hope in Jesus Christ. Write down their names, and start to pray for them.
However some of us will have to start even a step behind that. As you look around, you may realize that you really know very little about your neighbors beyond the occasional greeting as you get the mail or take out the trash.
Brad Brisco, from the Missional Church Network website, wrote an excellent article listing 10 simple ways you can get intentionally “rub shoulders” with those that live around you. For the next 2 weeks, we’ll post three more of his suggestions every Thursday.
- Pray for Your Neighbors.
Someone has said, “We need to talk to God about people, then talk to people about God.” If you have a neighborhood directory use it to identify the names of each family member in your building, on your street or cul-de-sac. Make a list that will help you pray for each family that you seek to build a relationship with. This list will help you move from simply hoping to connect with some nameless neighbor in the future, to specific action aimed at building a new relationship.
- Be Outside.
After dinner take a walk in your neighborhood with an eye for meeting people. Play with your kids in the front yard instead of the backyard. Some of the best opportunities for our family to meet our neighbors came from playing baseball and Frisbee in our cul-de-sac. Playing ball in the front yard many times acted as a magnate for kids in the neighborhood and inevitably parents would follow.
Read part two for three more excellent ideas of how to build relationships with your neighbors.