[ This is a guest post from Josh Reeves. ]

I have found that it is often helpful to have practical ideas to start engaging the people around me. Most of the things on this list are normal, everyday things that many people are already doing. The hope is that we would do these things with Gospel intentionality. This means we do them:

In the normal rhythms of life pursuing to meet and engage new people Prayerfully watching and listening to the Holy Spirit to discern where God is working. Looking to boldly, humbly, and contextually proclaim the Gospel in word and deed. Below is a list of my top 25. Not all of these are for everyone, but hopefully there will be several ideas on the list that God uses to help you engage your neighbours. Would love to hear stories of how you have lived some of these out or other ways you have engaged your neighbours.

  1. Stay outside in the front yard longer while watering the yard

  2. Walk your dog regularly around the same time in your neighbourhood

  3. Sit on the front porch and letting kids play in the front yard

  4. Pass out baked goods (fresh bread, cookies, brownies, etc.)

  5. Invite neighbours over for dinner

  6. Attend and participate in HOA functions

  7. Attend the parties invited to by neighbours

  8. Do a food drive or coat drive in winter and get neighbours involved

  9. Have a game night (yard games outside, or board games inside)

  10. Art swap night – bring out what you’re tired of and trade with neighbours

  11. Grow a garden and give out extra produce to neighbours

  12. Have an Easter egg hunt on your block and invite neighbours use their front yards

  13. Start a weekly open meal night in your home

  14. Do a summer BBQ every Friday night and invite others to contribute

  15. Create a block/ street email and phone contact list for safety

  16. Host a sports game watching party

  17. Host a coffee and dessert night

  18. Organize and host a ladies artistic creation night

  19. Organize a tasting tour on your street (everyone sets up food and table on front porch)

  20. Host a movie night and discussion afterwards

  21. Start a walking/running group in the neighbourhood

  22. Start hosting a play date weekly for other stay at home parents

  23. Organize a carpool for your neighbourhood to help save gas

  24. Volunteer to coach a local little league sports team

  25. Have a front yard ice cream party in the summer

Do you have some other ideas or ways that you or your Missional Community have engaged your neighbourhood?

(Originally posted at Verge Network)