Why Neighborhood Connection Groups Work

Photo by Chris Dlugosz (Creative Commons)Photo by Chris Dlugosz (Creative Commons)What’s the benefit of Neighborhood Connection Groups?  Why do they work?

In my last post, I mentioned Neighborhood Connection Groups as a way to get church members engaged in their neighborhood.  Here are three reasons why Neighborhood Connection Groups (NCGs) work so well:

1.  NCGs conflict less with people’s busy schedules than other kinds of church activities.  Most church activities require that a person add something to their schedule.  Because of that, churches can lose a lot of potential participants.  But NCGs invite people to use something they are already doing in the neighborhood and begin to think about it as a place where they can be on mission with God.

2.  NCGs are based on a process of action and reflection This process is critical if we want real learning to take place.  Here’s the basic idea.  Each person “acts” by participating in the neighborhood group.  Then they all come together to “reflect” on what they learned in their neighborhood group.  They go back to their neighborhood group.   And then they come back to reflect again.  It’s an incredibly effective process for learning and growing.

3.  NCGs allow people to serve God in the places where they already are involved.  NCGs, in other words help people begin to see their involvement in the neighborhood groups they are already a part of as settings where they can serve God.

If you want to help people begin to think about their everyday neighborhood engagement as a way to join God in God’s mission, Neighborhood Connection Groups are a great way to do that.

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