Step 2: Build Relationships in Community of Need
Here are a few ways relationships can be built in communities of need:
Move into the community! Although this is considered by many a radical step, nothing helps a minister build relationships in a community like an incarnational presence—becoming flesh, and dwelling among others. Is God calling you to relocate to a community of need?
Eat with people. Take time to sit, eat, listen, and talk with people from all walks of life.
Complete a community asset survey (Resource Available Below)
Prayer walk the community in small groups (Resource Available Below)
Identify churches and schools within the community
Take time to listen to community members and leaders about what is needed within the community
Ask, “Is there something we can join rather than start something new?”
Is there potential to work with the school to help with literacy needs?
Consider using Arise2Read resources
Host event(s) that “bless the many.”
Weekend Food Backpacks for Children
Home Fire Campaign
Mobile Medical and Dental Unit
Community Block Party
Hot Dog Roast
Holiday Outreach Events
Easter Egg Hunt (Resource Available Below—More materials are available. Contact us for more information.)
**Sample resource materials are branded with Graffiti 2 Community Ministries’ logo and location-specific information. These materials can be reproduced or serve as a starting point in developing materials specific for the local ministry or church**