Getting Church Members Out of the the Church Bubble

Church members live in a bubble.

 Ok, not all church members.  But it’s so easy for our people to live their lives surrounded entirely and solely by other church folks.  It can become the norm to never actually get engaged with people in our communities who are disconnected from God.

I recently wrote a post for The Malphurs Group on a simple way to get church members engaged in their neighbors' lives.  If you want to read the whole post, click here.

Here’s an excerpt from that post:


Church members struggle to engage in the neighborhood they live in. But it’s definitely not impossible.

We identified a simple and effective way to help church members get engaged and to discover God’s plans for the lives of people in your community. We created Neighborhood Connection Groups (NCG).

So what defines a Neighborhood Connection Group?

We define a Neighborhood Connection Group as a group of 6-10 people who have committed, for a limited period of time (at least nine months), to do two things:

1.  Participate in a local neighborhood activity.
You could volunteer at a reading club, an exercise class, the local PTA, an investing group, a mom’s group, etc. It could be almost anything. However, don’t forget the number one requirement for this group. It must be completely unrelated to your church or any kind of churchy or spiritual activity. This is—wait for it!—a secular, non-religious activity. Why? So that your church members can begin to listen to people who are disconnected from God. This will help your church members start to discover what God is already doing out in the neighborhood.


There’s another critical step to helping church members internalize and deepen their neighborhood engagement.  To find out about that, read the rest of my post here.

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