November 16, 2012
10 Ways to Meet the Neighbors (part 3)
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.
Brad Brisco, from the Missional Church Network website, wrote an article listing 10 simple ways you can get intentionally “rub shoulders” with those that live around you. Over the past two weeks we’ve looked at some of his key suggestions. Here are five more excellent ways to get to know your neighbors.
- Ask for Advice.
Everyone has differing talents and areas of expertise. One way of getting to know our neighbors better is to ask for advice in a person’s area of expertise. Having moved from a condominium where the grounds were always cared for, I had many opportunities to ask the more handy men in our neighborhood for advice – how to operate the sprinkler system, to over-seeding the lawn, to fixing a frozen air conditioning unit.
- Join a Community Cause.
Find out if your neighborhood has a Home Owners Association. If so, join in on neighborhood workdays, or find an associational committee on which you can be a part. Find out if there is a neighborhood directory. If not, offer to put one together for those on your street.
- Have an Open House.
One of our first connecting efforts after moving into our new house was to host a “dessert party.” We hand delivered special invitations to more than 180 homes in our housing addition. We simply invited people to a “come and go” dessert party where we had a dozen different kinds of desserts for people to sample. We also found that most people are very open to attending a party around the Christmas season. Take advantage of special times in the year to invite the neighborhood over for food and fun.
- Watch for Special Needs.
Be on the lookout for special needs. Offer to baby sit or perhaps pet sit. Help to maintain yard work while neighbors are on vacation. Not long after moving in we noticed one of our neighbors preparing to paint their house. We spent part of the day helping them paint and that evening they had us over for pizza and we had the opportunity to discuss spiritual issues.
- Start a Home Bible Study/Discussion Group.
The most significant and rewarding step to getting to know your neighbors is to discuss spiritual issues with them. After spending several months taking every opportunity to build relationships with those around us we invited our neighborhood to a new “Home Fellowship” that we started in our home one night a week.
Read part one here and part two here