Neighborhood Assessment

For the entire law is fulfilled in keeping this one command: 
“Love your neighbor as  yourself.” – Galatians 5:14

Overview:

We have partnered with Seeds to Oaks, an organization that helps equip churches connect with and serve their communities effectively. The focus of this effort is to better understand:
  • WHO we are called to serve
  • WHERE God is already at work
  • WHAT the greatest needs of the community  are
  • HOW our church will help meet those needs

Have a question?

If you have questions about the process, or want to get involved, talk to one of the Neighborhood Assessment Team members:
  • Pastor Bob Paulsen
  • John Hamm
  • Steve & Juliann Horne
  • Tim & Rachel Shields
  • Carolyn Rush
  • Brad Jonkman

Get Involved:

Prayer walks are happening weekly. Join us and walk the neighborhood, praying for those who live and work there. Bring your community group, your kids and your dog and spend 30 minutes to an hour walking the neighborhood and praying. See the Upcoming Events page or ask one of the Neighborhood Assessment Team members to find a time to join. You are also welcome to schedule your own.

Survey: We want to know how God is has gifted the congregation to better understand how we as a church can serve our community. You take the survey by clicking here.

"One of my favorite aspects about prayer walking has been glimpsing the themes that God is writing on each other’s hearts. He is uniting us along common lines of love through our prayers, and what a joy it is to see him pointing us forward in specific ways to love our neighborhood together."
 - Juliann Horne
"The Holy Spirit works through our prayers. As I’ve taken time to pray in different parts of this new neighborhood, I feel a connection with both God and those who live there. I have felt His presence, and I feel a longing to partner with Him in the work He is already doing among the homes and businesses close to our new location."
 - Steve Horne

Neighborhood 360 Assessment Status

Learn the Community

Gather information about the community such as age, education level, income, family size. Walk the neighborhood and observe. Get to know the area and the neighborhood.
Status: Done (prayer walks ongoing)

Listen  Before You Love

Interview residents in the neighborhood and ask them what they like about the area. Ask if there are things that could be improved. Ask what a church could to do help.
Status: Done

Deepen the Relationship 

Meet with people that are already invested in the neighborhood: business leaders, principals, church leaders, neighborhood associations, etc. Find out what the neighborhood does well and where it could use help.
Status: In Progress

Discover Your  Congregation’s  Gifts 

God has given all of us gifts to use for kingdom work. Assess the congregation and find out how God has already started preparing the church to be his hands and feet.
Status: In Progress (take the survey)

Putting it Together

Look at the needs, desires, hopes, wants of the neighborhood. Look at the gifts and desires God has given to the congregation. Present all this information to the church body. Answer questions. Pray about what it means to be a church in the community.
Status: Upcoming

Following the Assessment

And let us consider how we may spur one another on toward love and good deeds, not  giving up meeting together, as some are in the habit of doing, but encouraging one  another—and all the more as you see the Day approaching.
– Hebrews 10:24-25
Status: Upcoming