What if the Church got serious about doing those things that Jesus said matter most: loving God and loving our actual neighbor? How might the Church begin to impact the lives of those living in our own neighborhoods and in the places where we live, work, and play? We know the church in America is declining in attendance, and becoming “more attractional” is not the answer. We need to go out to the neighborhoods where people live, work, and play.
The purpose behind the Neighborhood Collective is to bring together those who are actively involved in being like Jesus into local neighborhoods with those who are interested in exploring ways to become more effective at the neighborhood level in advancing the Kingdom of God in order to impact whole cities. This endeavor seeks to provide pastors and ministry leaders with resources and relationships that will encourage Christ-followers to effectively reflect our Lord’s love right where they live, work, and play. This is not a new church growth program. We are inviting you to gather with others on a most exciting journey . . . a journey that begins by simply obeying our Lord’s command to love our neighbors!
How did this start?
In 2015, Oak Hills Church in San Antonio hosted a gathering of leaders from around the U.S. to talk about neighboring ministry. This gathering was called the Neighborhood Collective, and those who attended shared their successes, their failures, and their on-going experiments. There were a variety of different styles and methods expressed, but on one point, all could agree: Neighboring is a value Christians and the Church must live out more literally.
What’s the Neighborhood Collective Annual Gathering?
The Annual Gathering is a two-day event that brings together leaders and practitioners of the neighboring movement with those interested in learning more. This is a gathering, not a conference, and our intention is to facilitate and stimulate the exchange of experiences and ideas among all those in attendance. Picture a lot of conversations and dialogues more than a series of topic presenters.
Where and when will the Annual Gathering take place in 2018?
The date and location for the 2018 Neighborhood Collective Annual Gathering is still being determined. Watch for more details to come.
The Annual Gathering is scheduled to run all day on a Monday and up until lunch on a Tuesday.
Who will be speaking?
Though we will hear from a few well-known practitioners, our chief desire is to facilitate conversation among those who attend. There are no experts in the field, only those who may have entered the field at an earlier date than others. And we are pleased to announce that some of those who adopted the neighboring ministry model early in the game will be speaking at our gathering. Click here to see a previous list of speakers.
What is the cost?
Cost is $129. (There is a discount for church planters. Contact us.) Watch for future registration.
What if my organization wants to be a sponsor?
To find out more about being a sponsor, click here.
Gathering Sample Schedule
8:30 Registration and Refreshments
9:00 – 10:00 Main Session #1
10:00 – 10:30 Break
10:30 – 11:30 Breakout Session #1
11:30 – 12:30 Breakout Session #2
12:30 – 1:30 Lunch Provided
1:30 – 2:30 Breakout Session #3
2:30 – 3:00 Break
3:30 – 4:30 Main Session #2
4:30 Evening Free
8:30 Continental Breakfast
9:00 – 10:00 Breakout Session #4
10:00 – 10:30 Break
10:30 – 11:30 Breakout Session #5
11:30 – 12:30 Main Session #3
12:30 Done (Allows the opportunity to catch late afternoon flights.)
Registration has been managed by Oak Hills Church. When you register, it may take you to an Oak Hills Church web page.