Adopt a Neighborhood
What does it mean to adopt a neighborhood? The class is making the commitment to build relationships with and invest in a neighborhood for the sake of the Gospel in that community.
What is the goal of adopting a neighborhood? The goal is the same mission Jesus gave the church, “To go and make disciples”…
How do we seek to make disciples in a neighborhood? We SHARE the Gospel! This means we speak the truth of Jesus Christ. This is done through casual conversations, organized Bible studies, and sometimes even deep, personal one on one conversations with those we have been able to connect with.
We SHOW the Gospel! This means we don’t just talk the talk, but we also walk the walk. While there is no way we could ever meet every need put before us, we are not afraid to step up the plate and demonstrate the amazing truth of the Gospel through acts of service, grace, and mercy.
We LIVE the Gospel! As followers of Jesus Christ, the Gospel is who we are. We walk in grace, mercy, and truth and truly desire to see lives changed by the Gospel of Jesus Christ.
What kind of commitment is needed to adopt a neighborhood? This is a big commitment. A commitment like this will require the members of the class to make sacrifices, to encourage each other, and to step out in big faith. If the class is not willing to do this, the ministry will not be successful. If the class truly desires to see lives changed by the Gospel and is willing to make the necessary commitment, they will not be disappointed.
Sample Calendar for Neighborhood Ministry
First Quarter (January-February-March)
Planning and Preparation for warmer weather and longer days.
Pray for the work that will begin ramping up in the 2nd quarter.
If distributing food, it should continue during this month. Consider distributing earlier, if possible, due to limited daylight.
Second Quarter (April-May-June)
Kick-off Party (Choose one of the below)
Easter Egg Hunt and Get Together
Follow the big kick off party up with a more regular presence
If your ministry is brand new or you have had a high amount of turnover in the community or in your volunteer group, it is okay to stick with every 2 weeks or even once per month until everyone starts to get more comfortable with each other! Whatever you do, just be consistent!
Use this time to start to form relationships and get to know each other.
Gain a sense of the needs and barriers to the Gospel in your community and seek out ways to overcome them. SHOW THE GOSPEL
Third Quarter (July-August-September)
By this time there should be several strong relationships beginning to form. At that point you may be ready for a more regular presence and possibly an onsite Bible study. The key here is to seek out more and more ways to SHARE THE GOSPEL.
By the end of summer, it should be time to have another big event. We have had many “Back to School” parties that have been very successful. This is a great opportunity to celebrate the successes of the ministry over the spring and summer, and continue to find ways to connect with new people or those that have been difficult to reach. Consider sponsoring a backpack/school supply drive to provide all of the students in your neighborhood with what they need.
Fourth Quarter (October-November-December)
This quarter will yet again be a time of transition. Spend this time continuing to seek opportunities to SHARE THE GOSPEL and SHOW THE GOSPEL.
It is natural for any Bible studies or regular activities you have to start to wind down around this time. Be mindful of everyone’s busy schedules surrounding the Christmas season.
Consider having a special Christmas party in which Christmas snacks are served and the meaning of Christmas is taught.