The Best Secret, Little, Simple, Mundane, Thing We Do To Get To Know Neighbors

When we were starting this neighborhood thing that ultimately became a church, we realized that we had to get to know our neighbors. We had bought a house and moved in, but we were rusty at making friends.  We were quite bad at it, actually.  Like, awful.

We had bought a house and moved in, but we were rusty at making friends. Like, awful.Click To Tweet

We didn’t want to create an event, per se, to get to know the “locals.”  (We wanted to eventually plan a block party and get to know some folks that way, but we wanted things to move along quicker than that. Plus, if you only do that once or twice per year, you get the idea.)

But, you know the best secret, little, simple, mundane thing we do to get to know neighbors?

Walk.

Around the block. To the park. To the local school. To our friend’s house down the street. To walk the dog. To borrow an egg or sugar or a lawnmower. To ride bikes with the kids in a parking lot. To go sledding.

Walk around the neighborhood.

One suggestion: if you want to get to know your neighbors, change your schedule/rhythm of life ...Click To Tweet

In our neighborhood, we bump into now old friends, and new folks all the time. It’s amazing the random conversations that are started first through simple eye contact and laughing with, or about, my kids (or my anxious dog, bless his heart) who are always with us.

This is so simple it’s almost stupid. So, why did I write this post?

Well, I would guess most people don’t know all of their neighbors. I would also guess most people don’t “have” (a.k.a. take) the time to walk around their hood.

One suggestion: if you want to get to know your neighbors, change your schedule/rhythm of life to include regular walks by yourself, or with family and friends.

Or get a dog. That works, too.

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Evan Blackerby
Missional Community Practitioner
Evan works alongside others to create a missional community in his neighborhood. He also seeks to encourage other disciples in their journeys towards starting missional communities in their contexts.
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