Ministry Resources for Single-Family Living Spaces

Living Spaces:   MultiFamily   Student   Military   Correctional   Medical   SingleFamily
Composite Communities:  Upscale   Mainstay   Working   Country   Aspiring   Urban

Selected Ministry Resources for Single-Family Housing Living Spaces

Each of the six single-family housing living spaces offers a unique ministry situation.  Below are ministry resources that describe and discuss the single-family housing neighborhood contexts.

Reaching out to lonely kids
by Valerie Bell

A compassionate book that encourages Christians to reach out to the lonely and hurting children in their own neighborhoods and backyards.

A Meal with Jesus: Discovering Grace, Community, and Mission around the Table
by Tim Chester

Drawing from six narratives in the Gospel of Luke, Chester shows how meals can be opportunities for serving others. Meals have always been important across societies and cultures, a time for friends and families to come together. An important part of relationships, meals are vital to our social health. Author Tim Chester sums it up: "Food connects." Chester argues that meals are also deeply theological "an important part of Christian fellowship and mission." He observes that the book of Luke is full of stories of Jesus at meals. These accounts lay out biblical principles. Chester notes, "The meals of Jesus represent something bigger." Six chapters in A Meal with Jesus show how they enact grace, community, hope, mission, salvation, and promise. Moving from biblical times to the modern world, Chester applies biblical truth to challenge our contemporary understandings of hospitality. He urges sacrificial giving and loving around the table, helping readers consider how meals can be about serving others and sharing the grace of Christ.

Field Guide to Neighborhood Outreach
by Heather Dunn, Cheri R. Gillard, Gina Leuthauser

If you want to fulfill the Great Commission in your neighborhood, you have to know your neighbors. Whether you live in a suburb, on a city block, or in an apartment, this book will give you dozens and dozens of ideas with flexible outlines for one-time, weekend, and monthly events make it easy to bring your neighbors together for a fun time.Events include: bulb & seed swap, sledding social,bread exchange, flag football game, progressive dinner, recipe rally,pet parade...and MORE.You are sure to find lots of events that would be great for your neighborhood!Bonus ideas give you next-steps toward sharing your faith.

Reaching Out to Unbelievers in Crime Neighborhoods
by John Goolsby

Believers must teach the purpose of the Holy Spirit and baptism to unbelievers in crime neighborhoods. Reaching and teaching unbelievers about the Holy Spirit on their turf is essential. The Holy Spirit has been active among people from the beginning of time, but after Pentecost, He came to live in all believers. Believers must help unbelievers in crime neighborhoods know that many people are unaware of the Holy Spirit's activities, but to those unbelievers who receive Christ's word and understand the Spirit's power, He gives a whole new way to look at life.

Streetwalking with Jesus
by John Green, Francis Cardinal George (Foreword), Dawn Herzog Jewell (Collaborator

For over two decades John Green's vocation has been ministering to inner city men on the margins of society in downtown Chicago.Green didn't set out to be another Dorothy Day or Mother Teresa, and would be quick to tell you he hasn t become one. A product of middle class, church-going comfort and values, he heeded God's challenge to found Emmaus Ministries, which serves some of the modern-day lepers that are in our midst. Struck by the words of Micah 6:8 and the act of a homeless man who gruesomely ended his life in Green's presence, Green vowed to constantly ask himself: How can I live justly? To whom do I show mercy? How may I walk humbly with God?Deacon Green's lessons learned regarding these hard questions are set against stories of men who struggle to escape poverty, addiction, and sexual sin while encountering Christ in the process. But this book is much more than the account of how one ministry combats a social problem to which most of us wish to remain blind. It is about finding joy in service to others and experiencing love in reaching out to the suffering, all under the shelter of God's unconquerable, abiding love. Yes, Streetwalking with Jesus will sober you, but with links to evocative songs, a scripture selection to reflect upon, discussion questions, and a prayer at the end of every chapter, you ll come away challenged and inspired to live a deeper, more missional life.

Toxic Charity: How Churches and Charities Hurt Those They Help
by Robert D. Lupton

Public service is a way of life for Americans; giving is a part of our national character. But compassionate instincts and generous spirits aren't enough, says veteran urban activist Robert D. Lupton. In this groundbreaking guide, he reveals the disturbing truth about charity: all too much of it has become toxic, devastating to the very people it's meant to help. In his four decades of urban ministry, Lupton has experienced firsthand how our good intentions can have unintended, dire consequences. Our free food and clothing distribution encourages ever-growing handout lines, diminishing the dignity of the poor while increasing their dependency. We converge on inner-city neighborhoods to plant flowers and pick up trash, battering the pride of residents who have the capacity (and responsibility) to beautify their own environment. We fly off on mission trips to poverty-stricken villages, hearts full of pity and suitcases bulging with giveaways -- trips that one Nicaraguan leader describes as effective only in "turning my people into beggars." In Toxic Charity, Lupton urges individuals, churches, and organizations to step away from these spontaneous, often destructive acts of compassion toward thoughtful paths to community development. He delivers proven strategies for moving from toxic charity to transformative charity. Proposing a powerful "Oath for Compassionate Service" and spotlighting real-life examples of people serving not just with their hearts but with proven strategies…

The Neighborhood Tutoring Program: A Guide for Establishing a Neighborhood Tutoring Program for Your Church or Civic Organizatio
by Duane M. Miller

Is your church or civic organization seeking an outreach opportunity that offers unique challenges and rewards? Are you searching for ways to help economically disadvantaged youth? In The Neighborhood Tutoring Program, author Duane M. Miller, an award-winning educator with more than twenty-five years of teaching experience, presents a guidebook to assist in the combination of those goals through the establishment of an on-site, neighborhood tutoring center. The Neighborhood Tutoring Program has successfully established on-site tutoring programs in the Northern Virginia area for the past several years and has validated the model laid out in this guide. Offering numerous, ready-to-use tools, this guide: provides detailed guidance for establishing a faith-based, on-site, all-volunteer tutoring center; discusses how to help students achieve within their regular public or private school setting; addresses motivational and self-esteem needs of students; stresses one-on-one assistance employing a variety of curricula and electronic resources; and shows how the model can be easily tailored to address specific needs of individual organizations. Providing a clear, concise blueprint, The Neighborhood Tutoring Program offers step-by-step guidance that can easily be tailored to fit your specific needs and environment so you can begin helping underprivileged youth to succeed.

The Art of Neighboring
by Jay Pathak, Dave Runyon

Once upon a time, people knew their neighbors. They talked to them, had cook-outs with them, and went to church with them. In our time of unprecedented mobility and increasing isolationism, it's hard to make lasting connections with those who live right outside our front door. We have hundreds of "friends" through online social networking, but we often don't even know the full name of the person who lives right next door.This unique and inspiring book asks the question: What is the most loving thing I can do for the people who live on my street or in my apartment building? Through compelling true stories of lives impacted, the authors show readers how to create genuine friendships with the people who live in closest proximity to them. Discussion questions at the end of each chapter make this book perfect for small groups or individual study.

The New Parish: How Neighborhood Churches Are Transforming Mission, Discipleship and Community
by Paul Sparks, Tim Soerens & Dwight Friesen

"When . . . faith communities begin connecting together, in and for the neighborhood, they learn to depend on God for strength to love, forgive and show grace like never before. . . . The gospel becomes so much more tangible and compelling when the local church is actually a part of the community, connected to the struggles of the people, and even the land itself." Paul Sparks, Tim Soerens and Dwight J. Friesen have seen—in cities, suburbs and small towns all over North America—how powerful the gospel can be when it takes root in the context of a place, at the intersection of geography, demography, economy and culture. This is not a new idea—the concept of a parish is as old as Paul's letters to the various communities of the ancient church. But in an age of dislocation and disengagement, the notion of a church that knows its place and gives itself to where it finds itself is like a breath of fresh air, like a sign of new life.

When God is the Life of the Party: Reaching Neighbors Through Creative Hospitality
by Norm Wretlind, Becky Wretlind, Jim Killam

The concept of hospitality seems simple enough, but why is it so uncommon? Having our neighbors over for a barbecue, helping them out with some chores, babysitting for a single mom--these aren't complicated acts, but they leave such an impact on people's lives. This sort of everyday contact with those around us is at the grassroots of Christianity. In this idea-packed book, the authors invite you to learn from their decades of experience. They know it's not always easy to step out of our "castles" and invite others in. See how connecting with your neighbors changes lives--theirs and yours.