If you are interested in discovering and engaging people groups in your community, then this is the page for you. Below are some of the resources from the Peoples Next Door project so that your church, association, or convention can begin.
The Peoples Next Door strategy guide is a free resource for anyone interested in people group discovery and engagement. It is a short, step-by-step guide to developing a strategy in a local church. This tool is good for local churches considering the work or for associations and conventions to use in order to build an area-wide strategy for equipping churches. The resource is brief and discusses broad concepts. For a more detailed description of the work, consider downloading the Peoples Next Door Primer.
Here is a helpful checklist for those beginning the work of people group discovery and engagement. The checklist is an interactive outline, which means you can pull it up in any browser and work through the ideas step-by-step. The outline is a quick reference guide for developing forms for collecting data, a bank of potential questions to ask when doing people group discovery, and even a few quick thoughts on engagement. Click on the link to the left to take a look.
The above strategy guide is a compilation of excerpts from the book, Peoples Next Door. For the full treatment on this issue, including the grounding and philosophy behind this methodology, check out the book. It is a quick read but provides a more thorough background for churches, members, or organizations attempting to develop strategy for discovering and engaging people groups in your community.
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In addition to the many downloadable resources, personal consultation for your church, association, or convention is also an option. My desire is to see this kind of work going on all over North America, so I want to make myself available as a resource. Missions strategy is not one-size-fits-all, and the above resources are designed to provide categories so people can personalize their approach to finding and engaging different peoples. Your church or ministry may have specific needs or questions, and that is great. I would be happy to help.
Consultation can be completely personalized to your ministry and may include ministry audits and strategy sessions to help you think through using your current resources and our available materials to equip people for discovery and engagement. The Peoples Next Door project has worked with several conventions, associations, and local churches and has experience serving each of these unique settings. For more information about a consultation, feel free to contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org. We can work out the details for me to come spend time with your organization and craft a personalized strategy. Several state conventions, associations, and even a number of local churches have already started, and you can too.