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Outreach idea: Welcome to the neighbourhood

A simple and effective way to love your neighbour.

On realestate.com.au, you can search not only for properties to buy and rent, but also see what properties have recently sold.

In the suburb where my church is situated, 14 properties have sold in the last 6 weeks. This presents a great outreach opportunity that churches are making the most of (thanks for reminding me about this Gerard!).

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How does it work?

There's lots of ways to go about this, but here's one simple suggestion:

  1. Create a list of properties that have sold in the last X weeks.
  2. Write a card for each property, welcome the new people to the neighbourhood.
  3. Include with the card a small gift (coffee card for a local cafe?), and some useful information about the neighbourhood. You might also like to include some information about the church (meeting times, playgroups, etc).
  4. Knock on their door, introduce yourself and and give them the gift and information.

Very few people object to being welcomed and given a gift. Many people are actually quite stoked to be the recipient of kindness and generosity.

Not only is this an act of neighbourly kindness, it's also an opportunity for meeting people and sharing lives and the gospel.

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3 Comments

  1. Steve Fogg

    August 22, 2013 at 3:54 pm

    Great idea Steve, I looked into the same thing a while back. Australia post does something similar for new home buyers, but it was too expensive and non-relational. This feels much better if it can be done in a non-stalking way 😉

  2. Jeremy Horneck

    September 21, 2013 at 3:42 am

    I make a habit of offering to help move people in when I see a moving truck. There’s no worse thing than helping a friend move. When at total stranger offers to do it, it opens a lot of doors for relationships, because you clearly aren’t helping for yourself.

  3. Steven Kryger

    September 24, 2013 at 11:42 am

    What a great idea Jeremy!


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