LISTEN UP CHALLENGE

Listening to others, building relationships, and responding to their needs is Jesus’ model to ministry. As we begin to turn the corner on the pandemic and get back to normal, I am excited about all the untold possibilities for ministry with our community. But before we leap into action, we need to first listen and find out what those needs are. That’s where you come in.

This month, the challenge for the people of Resurrection is to have a casual conversation with one of their neighbors – someone they already know – about the needs of the community (or theirs) and how Resurrection might be able to help. Listen carefully as they share their ideas and then report back using our online form, or download the print version. If you missed it, watch the May 2nd message, “Listen Up” for more details.

If each of us talks to one neighbor we’ll have well over one hundred conversations. Each conversation would be a blessing in itself and will hopefully give us insight into how to truly bless the community in this new time.

IT STARTS WITH TALKING

This coming month, the challenge for the people of Resurrection is to have a casual conversation with one of their neighbors – someone they already know – about the needs of the community (or theirs) and how Resurrection might be able to help. Listen carefully as they share their ideas and take good mental notes, then report back (see the reverse side). 

If each of us talks to one neighbor we’ll have well over one hundred conversations. Each conversation would be a blessing in itself and will hopefully give us insight into how to truly bless the community in this new time.

REPORT BACK

Immediately write down notes afterwards below so you don’t forget what they said. Return notes to church by either using our online report or download, print and fill out the paper report, then either send it to Resurrection via postal mail or drop it off in-person.

SAMPLE SCRIPT/QUESTIONS

Below is a sample script and some questions. These are just suggestions; the key is opening up a conversation where we listen to our neighbors. You may want to tailor your questions to the specifics of your neighbor, e.g. if they have children you might specifically ask about the needs of children in the community. Don’t be concerned about getting it “right” – it’s just a conversation. Focus on them, not our needs. Share if asked about the church, but do more listening than talking.

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Hi (neighbor’s name)! Got a minute?

I go to Resurrection Church. Now that things are getting back to “normal”, we’re trying to figure out how to best serve this community. Would you mind helping us figure this out by sharing your thoughts to a few questions? Great!

• How long have you lived in this area?

• What do you see as the biggest needs in our community right now?

• Any suggestions on how our church might help?

• (alternative) Our church wants to be more effective in making this community a great place to live. Any suggestions?

• Is there any way the church or I could help you right now?

• Any other thoughts?

Thank you for your time and help! We’re trying to get input from lots of neighbors all over this community. Would you like to hear the results? What’s your preference, getting together again or email?

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ONLINE REPORT
PAPER REPORT