Developing A Good Neighbor Policy – NSA

Developing a good neighbor policy arose out of participating in the creation of a dozen community programs while working with over 300 churches and 20 different denominations through various pastoral and community roles. Here I have listed nine questions and activities which will hopefully cause you think and talk together with others about some of the nuances that exist behind community development. Each item will link to an external worksheet. If you want to know more please contact me for further discussion.

#1): List seven people from the community who have influenced your life in a positive way.

#2): List seven people from your total church experience who have influenced your life in a positive way.

#3) List seven community based experiences that have influenced you in a positive way.

#4) List seven church based experiences that have influenced you in a positive way.

#5) List seven key words that have shaped your life.

#6) Define what you perceive to be the basic human, community and church needs.

#7) Define what you perceive to be the basic human, community and church wants.

#8) Who are you? Identify words that describe you in each of the following lists.

#9) List some activities you do for enjoyment.

Each of these activities is intended to direct your thinking to the behind the scenes scenarios needed in community development. It is far too easy to start with a conclusion without understanding what is actually going on in the community. Please take the time to think through the questions while at the same time answering them as quickly as possible. Clarify what the question is asking and then answer each with the first thought that comes to mind.

May God bless you as you reach into your community and develop your outreach philosophy.

Do not hesitate to contact Carl if you have any questions.

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