Both ways are similar but slightly different. In the past, our main way of encouraging people to get involved in transforming a place was for them to get to know their neighbors by walking around and talking to them as they saw them, which is scary for many people.
Also we have suggested that a person hold a spontaneous barbecue in their driveway or yard. Both of those relate to people who are belonging types of people or people who are very relational, or an empowering person, which is a similar type. That leaves out the other way of getting people involved.
We have been very aggressive in Neighborhood Transformation in encouraging groups to become involved in their local elementary school. This is a way to get different people to walk their own 2-3 blocks together, via the school where they can begin to minister on a broader neighborhood scale. But this is further along in the steps for a Neighborhood Transformation.
We need to begin Transforming a Place after they have chosen the neighborhood they will minister in, they begin to bless their Elementary School. This is done by asking by the Principal how can they bless the school and then do whatever they are asked to do. This allows people who love to serve, or do things for others, to participate. It is felt that working in a school is safer than walking in a neighborhood. It requires no commitment on the part of the person unless they want to get involved at a deeper level, such as developing relationships with kids, which many see as easier than developing relationships with adults.
We highly recommend that you find out where the different people are who will start Neighborhood Transformation and then give them a variety of multiple, regular opportunities with different levels to participate in where they are. This means opportunities for those who develop relationships by walking around and other opportunities for people who do things by blessing the school.
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