Last night we started our new small group series “Good News in the Neighborhood” by Adam McClane and Jon Huckins. We had great discussion and it opened not only the student’s eyes but also mine. I realized last night that I have lived in the church parsonage and have not met any of the neighbors in the neighborhood behind us. Wow! Did i really just say that? We do live on a main road and we have known that we would be moving soon, we never made any type of effort to meet the any of the neighbors. We have had plenty of opportunities that we could have made this happen. My wife and I have both ran and walked through the neighborhood, but have never stopped to say hi or introduce ourselves to the people who live so close to the church!
This 6-week series will deep dive your students into the practical realities of a radical life with Jesus. Built around six themes of community life, students will gain an understanding of their role in their community and be challenged by a series of simple experiments they can try. More than a series that teaches your students about being Good News in their community, Good News in the Neighborhood offers practical application based on the life of Jesus and the 1st century Church. Our hope is that your students begin to see how God has called them to become good news in their homes, schools, and neighborhoods.
Week 1: Tuning In (Experiment: Ethnography/Observation)
Week 2: Diving Deep (Experiment: Participating)
Week 3: Crossing Borders (Experiment: Two-fold inviting)
Week 4: Advocating for What Matters (Experiment: Standing up for our neighbors)
Week 5: New Eyes (Experiment: New eyes)
Week 6: Living a New Story (Experiment: Commissioning)
- 52 page printable PDF of teachers notes
- Editable Word version of teachers notes & student worksheets
- Background artwork for PowerPoint, Keynote, MediaShout, or ProPresenter (Includes source PhotoShop file, too)
- 6 introductory video stories (One for each week)
- Multiple options for each session to fit the needs of your group (Activity ideas, discussion starters, teaching options)
- 6 experiments for students to try between sessions
I’m really excited about the upcoming weeks in studying this topic with my students and adults. Already reading through the entire lesson outlines, I know that it will really open our eyes. I look forward to also moving into our new home and neighborhood next week where I am going to get back to the basics of meeting people and getting to know them. I look back at my neighborhood growing up and I see how everyone was open and connected. I really want to bring that to our new neighborhood and bring the Good News to them.