This resource contains many ideas to help you live out the mission of love wherever you are.
Most of the things listed are normal, everyday things that you may already be doing naturally.
The difference is in doing them on purpose, and with purpose.

Feel free to use this resource with your family, small group, or other local organizations that
you are a part of to take simple steps towards engaging others with Gospel intentionality. 

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  • Stay outside in the front yard longer while watering the yard and greet passersby
  • Walk your dog regularly around the same time in your neighborhood and greet others as you walk by them
  • Pass out baked goods (fresh bread, cookies, brownies, etc.)
  • Invite neighbors over for dinner
  • Attend the parties invited to by neighbors
  • Do a food or coat drive in winter and get your neighbors involved
  • Have a game night (yard games outside, or board games inside) with new friends/neighbors you meet
  • Host an Art Swap Night – bring out what you’re tired of and trade with neighbors 
  • Grow a garden and give out extra produce to neighbors 
  • Have an Easter egg hunt on your block and invite neighbors to use their front yards 
  • Start a weekly open meal night in your home 
  • Do a summer BBQ every Friday night and invite others to contribute
  • Bake cinnamon rolls for your apartment complex’s office staff
  • Host a sports game-watching party
  • Host a coffee and dessert night.
  • Organize and host a ladies artistic creation night
  • Organize a tasting tour on your street (everyone sets up food and table on front porch)
  • Host a movie night with discussion afterwards
  • Start a walking/running group
  • in the neighborhood
  • Start hosting a play date weekly for other stay-at-home parents
  • Organize a carpool for your neighborhood to help save gas
  • Volunteer to coach a local little league sports team
  • Have a front yard ice cream party in the summer
  • Cook an extra casserole and give it to a neighbor
  • Buy an extra dozen donuts and give them to a neighbor
  • Start a compost pile and allow neighbors to dump their compost in it
  • Build a wheelchair ramp for a neighbor
  • Deliver  food to your local fire station
  • Throw a July 4th block party
  • Start a neighborhood Facebook/ Twitter/Google + group
  • Ask longtime residents to help you learn about the neighborhood
  • Offer to babysit neighbors’ kids so they can have a date night
  • Find out your neighbors birthdays and take them baked goods with a card on it
  • Setup a Meet Your Neighbors Night with drinks in your driveway/front yard
  • Ask your HOA or apartment complex if they need help with anything
  • Host a regular Saturday morning breakfast potluck
  • Take flowers to an assisted living facility
  • Participate in the local festivals, parades and celebrations of your city
  • Find a park where you will consistently spend time with your community
  • Pick a few restaurants to frequent and get to know the staff + regulars
  • Go to the same coffee shop (when you can) and get to know the staff
  • Start a regular ultimate Frisbee game in your city
  • Take the kids to story time at your local library and get to know the staff there
  • Let your kids play in the city sports leagues.
  • Attend your city council meetings and get to know what’s going on in your city.
  • Attend your local school board meetings to know what is going on in the schools.
  • Frequent a local gym or recreation center.
  • Invite a neighbor to a local sporting event
  • Start a guys night at your local pub/eatery
  • Connect with other school kids through local co-op events
  • Tip generously at your regular restaurant spots
  • Attend your local High School’s sporting events
  • Coach a local little league sports team
  • Offer to teach free computer training sessions at your local library/public venue
  • Assist neighborhood families in crisis with daily tasks (laundry, food preparation, etc.)
  • Instead of eating lunch alone, intentionally eat with other co-workers and learn their story
  • Get to work early so you can spend some time praying for your co-workers and the day ahead
  • Make it a daily priority to speak or write encouragement when someone does good work
  • Bring extra snacks when you make your lunch to give away to others
  • Bring breakfast (donuts, burritos, cereal, etc.) once a month for everyone in your department
  • Organize a running/walking group before or after work
  • Have your small group bring lunch to your workplace once a month
  • Make a list of your co-workers birthdays and find a way to bless everyone on their birthday
  • Organize and throw office parties as appropriate to your job
  • Make every effort to avoid gossip in the office. Be a voice of thanksgiving not complaining
  • Offer to throw a shower for a co-worker who is having a baby
  • Keep small candy, gum, or little snacks around to offer to others during a long day.
  • Offer to cover for a co-worker who needs off for something
  • Start a regular lunch out with co-workers (don’t be selective on the invites)
  • Organize a weekly/monthly pot luck to make lunch a bit more exciting
  • Ask someone who others typically ignore if you can grab them a soda/ coffee while you’re out
  • Be the first person to greet and welcome new people
  • Make every effort to know the names of co-workers and clients along with their families
  • Visit coworkers when they are in the hospital
  • Bring sodas or work appropriate drinks to keep in your break room for coworkers to enjoy— know what they like
  • Go out of your way to talk to your janitors & cleaning people who most people overlook
  • Find out your co-workers favorite music and make a playlist that includes as much as you can (if suitable for work)
  • Invite your co-workers in to the service projects you are already involved in
  • Start/join a city league team with your co-workers.
Sunday, November 11, 2018 by Steve Cochran