CONNECTING WITH YOUR COMMUNITY
To actively love your community, you must know your community. No matter how long you've lived in the area, ask God to give you fresh insight, and come to the table as a learner.
Consider different ways of discovering more about your community. Here are some ideas to get you started:
Meet with local leaders. As you build relationships with them, find out more about their vision for the community and brainstorm ways your church can help.
Lead your church on a prayerwalk or community exploration experience.
Order a simple, free demographic report. The North American Mission Board makes them available to all Southern Baptist churches.