Sometimes it's hard to fit ideas into a category like neighborhoods or workplace. Sometimes you can do them in both places. Sometimes there’s a third place that is hard to define for everyone. It's usually somewhere neutral and natural that your group or you as an individual can cultivate an “inclusive community.” These are places like shops, restaurants, service areas, garages, etc. that it may seem weird to start including people in your community, but remember, “people are all the same…” we all just wanna be where everybody knows our name.
1. Eat with other people: We all eat 3 meals a day. That’s 21 opportunities for mission each week without adding untying new to your schedule. And meals are a powerful expression of welcome and community.
2. Work in public places: Hold meetings, prepare talks, read in public spaces like cafes, pubs and parks. It will naturally help you engage with culture as work or plan. For example whose questions do you want to address indoor Bible studies — those of professional Bible Scholars or those of the culture?
3. Be a regular: Adopt a cafe, pub, park and shops so you regularly visit and become known as a local. Imagine if everyone in your gospel community did this!
4. Join in with what’s going on: Churches often start their think like a coffee shop or homeless program. Instead, join existing initiatives — you don’t have the burden of running it and you get opportunities with people who are doing the same.
5. Leave the house in the evenings: Its so easy after a long day on a dark
evening to slump in from of the television or surf the internet. Get out! Visit a friend. Take a cake to a neighbor. Attend a local group. Go to the movies. Hang out in a cafe. Go for a walk with a friend. it doesn’t matter where as long as you go with gospel intentionality.
6. Serve your neighbors: Weed a neighbor’s garden. Help someone move. Put up a shelf. Volunteer with a local group. it could be one evening a week or one day a month. Try to do it with other members of your Home Group so it becomes a common project. Then people will see your love for one another and it will be easier to talk about Jesus.
7. Share your passion: What do you enjoy? Find a local group that shares your passion. Be missional and have fun at the same time.
8. Hang out with your colleagues: Spend your lunch break with colleagues. Go for a drink after work. Share the journey to work.
9. Walk: Walking enables you to engage with your neighborhood at street level. You notice things you don’t in a car. You are seen and known in the neighborhood.
10. Prayer walk: Walk around your neighborhood using what you see as fuel for prayer. Pray for people, homes, businesses, community groups, and community needs. Ask God to open your eyes to where He is at work and to fill your heart with love for your neighborhood.
11. Eat with Non-Christians: We all eat meals, why not make a habit of sharing one of those meals with a non-Christian? Go to lunch with a coworker, not by yourself. Invite the neighbor over for family dinner. If its too much work to cook a big dinner, just order a pizza and put the focus on the conversation. When go out for a meal invite others. Or take your family to family-style restaurants where you can sit at the table with strangers and strike up a conversation. Cookout and invite Christians and non-Christians.
12. Participate in City (Town) Events: Instead of watching Netflix or surfing the internet on your days off, participate in city events. Go to fundraisers, festivals clean-ups, summer shows, and concerts. Participate missionally. Strike up conversations about he community. Study the culture. Reflect on what you see and hear. Pray for the city. Love the city. Participate in the rhythms of your city or town.
13. Find a park where you will consistently spend time with your community.
14. Start a regular sport like Ultimate Frisbee or 3 on 3 basketball games at your local park.
15. Take your kids to story time at the local library.
16. Let your kids play in the city sports leagues (not just “Upward” leagues).
17. Attend your city council meetings and get to know what’s going on in your city.
18. Attend your local school board meetings to know what’s going on in the local schools.
19. Frequent a local gym or recreation center.
20. Invite a neighbor to a local sporting event (especially your local High School games).
21. Start a guys night at your local pub/eatery.
22. Get involved with your kids school PTA/PTO
23. Offer to teach a skill at your local library or other public venue for free (art, computer, design, sports, accounting, etc.)