Here’s a series of exercises to help your small group or house church begin to develop an Intensely Local texture to their ministry.
Principle: The home and the ‘hood rather than the church building and programs, are the primary resources for ministry in an intensely local movement.
Exercise: Have your small group or house church think of ten ways to use each of the following resources to build relationships or serve your neighborhood. (variations: Think of ten ways … for individuals; ten ways … for a group; ten ways … for a children; ten ways for … the summer; ten ways for … the winter)
- Front porch
- Back deck
- Back yard
- Front driveway
- Living room
- Family room
Got your list? Now spend 15 minutes in prayer as a group over which options show the most promise. Next, spend 20 minutes working to consensus on one or two that you or your group/church will work on over the next quarter.
Go for it. Start loving your neighbors and doing life with them instead of your TV.