Loving your city starts with knowing your city…

A while back I was having lunch with a group of pastors who served in churches from the local area.  Over the course of lunch thetypical small talk happened and I found myself asking different pastors to tell me about the neighborhoods that where they served.  I walked away from the lunch surprised and disappointed by the fact that of the six or so pastors that I asked, only one could speak intelligently about the neighborhood that they were in.

This lunch meeting came to mind this morning while reading Jonathan Dodson’s post at The Resurgence site: Four Ways to Know Your City.  Jonathan’s list includes:

  1. Ask questions
  2. Read local authors
  3. Study your city’s history
  4. Enjoy the city!

The list is nothing new, but we all need the refresher from time to time.  Being a bit of a history geek, I love number three… and it made a huge difference in how I went about serving the city of Baltimore in the church that I helped plant there.

How have you gotten to know your neighborhood?

What makes your neighborhood unique?


About the Author: Matt Steen

I love Jesus, Theresa (my wife), the Redskins & Capitals, and am currently living in Waco, Texas where I am studying the finer points of BBQ (while working on my MDiv and MBA at Baylor University). When not studying, I serve church leaders through MinistryBriefing.com and am the Director of Connections for Harris Creek Baptist Church's Downtown Campus.