COVID-19 has changed the game across the world. From a tiny blip on the news radar at the beginning of 2020 to a worldwide pandemic in mid-2020, the Novel Coronavirus has torn through communities, sending people home and keeping them physically distanced from their friends, neighbors, and church families.
As a church leader during these unprecedented times, you want to connect with your worship community, as well as the surrounding neighborhoods. Your heart is calling you to provide guidance, information, and support to those who need it most, but how can you make it happen?
Serving your community, spreading love, and sharing valuable insight and support can feel almost impossible during social-distancing restrictions. Reaching those you want to connect with can be incredibly frustrating during this difficult time. That’s where Neighborhood 360 comes in.
Leveraging Neighborhood 360 to Reach Your Congregation and Community
The Neighborhood 360 program from Seed to Oaks has demonstrated their ability to give pastors and leaders of the church like yourself the ability to gather actionable insights during the COVID-19 pandemic. Even with social-distancing restrictions, Neighborhood 360 was able to mobilize members of the church and the community by carrying out a “Neighboring” webinar. The webinar taught participants how to spread valuable information while also gathering pertinent data. These ground-level teams were then able to pass that info off to pastors and other church leaders who can utilize the insights to grow their leadership and spread targeted messages to the community at large.
Insights from the Neighborhood 360 Webinar
Dubbed the “Loving Your Neighbor and Engaging Your Community” webinar, this innovative method was employed by Neighborhood 360. It enabled groups to teach church participants how to bring their voices and support to those around them, even when they could not physically carry the message in person.
Post-webinar, some key wins included:
- Increased excitement among the participants
- Completion of a survey for follow-up, feedback, and use in elevating strategies for the next webinar
- Discussion of new webinar topics
- Creation of a one-page outreach model for each Seed to Oaks program
- Led to a comprehensive booklet designed to guide churches on how and where they can make a substantial, immediate impact.
- Individual strategy sessions are being planned to help bridge the gap between individual needs and the church’s assets.
Seeds to Oaks and Neighborhood 360 have given local churches the tools they need to reach their community even when a physical connection isn’t possible. These skills and community connections will last long after the COVID-19 pandemic has ended. As the leader of your congregation, you can use this valuable information to elevate your messaging and reach those who need it most while the world is home, and there is a captive audience to reach.
If you want to strengthen your community bonds, spread your message, and reach your parishioners and neighbors during social distancing and beyond, consider the Neighborhood 360 program. With a proven track record of success, Neighborhood 360’s innovative initiatives can help you channel your motivation and drive to serve using valuable data so that you can influence effective, lasting change for those whom you serve.