Now serving You as my guest
a guided, hands-on consulting service of N. Doug Gamble. Doug is a
transformational leadership trainer and mission partnerships pastor with a
focus on local outreach. He also facilitates effective partnerships between
local agencies and churches.
your city, your neighborhood and your neighbors
in a totally new way.
Discover the hidden assets God has already
given you that your neighbors need. Become a community leader the neighbors
will love deeply.
1. Acquire a Neighborhood Vision
Show you how to get good information on your vicinity.
Teach you how to read the story in that information.
Accompany you on a “windshield tour” of your neighborhoods to give you a wide view of reasonable community reach (depending on your church type).
Take a “shoe-leather tour” with you for up-close and selective personal visits to help you get a better handle on who your community should include – possibly schools, nursing homes, banks, ethnic restaurants and grocery stores, pet stores, bars and common areas, the police station, the emergency room on Saturday night, and the poorest neighborhood in your zip code.
Identify Neighborhood Assets
will help you:
Re-imagine your church body through an assets-based lens. People are both your greatest gift and your most underutilized asset.
See your property value through the lens of your community’s greatest needs. Church property is some of the least utilized property in any community.
Review your church’s history for clues about God’s unique calling on your congregation. Churches can unwittingly lose awareness of their previous vision for their community.
Review the pain points in your community that are waiting for a champion. The church has many critics but few rivals. Certain major local needs tend to be
overlooked in a church’s locale. God’s people forget that the gospel was given
to address them.
3. Play a More Vital Role in Neighborhood Leadership
will help you:
Discover the leadership vacuums in your community and determine the ones you could champion. There are many good causes that languish for lack of a champion.
Investigate the frustrated aspirations of your community, and research the proven solutions that can help materialize those aspirations. Most frustrated aspirations have been satisfied by somebody somewhere and somehow. Bringing such solutions to your community will endear you to them. These are often very simple and basic needs that simply require imagination and determined effort.
Determine some of the wounds in your community that no one is trying to heal. The gospel shines brightest in the darkest places. Churches forget that they have a healing message to bring into these places.