Given a specific group of people usually within a very narrow/specific geography (e.g. 5-25 blocks or 1-2 mile radius) to nurture the spiritual health & growth through interaction.
Commissioned for & Engaged with people by...
...phone, text, email, FB (at least one of these) every week. A Neighborhood shepherd verbally touches base in any one of these media every week with at least every household if not every person.
...prays with, send Scripture verse to, drop off a greeting card to encourage on birthdays or special anniversaries. Of course, this can include hospital visits, meals within neighborhood, etc.
...each household with the other households via visiting and hosting monthly or quarterly to encourage each household to know one another.
...needs & events (for learning or fun) from among the households in the neighborhood. This mayincludeNeighborhood Group meetings, picnics, Jam Sessions, etc.
The Neighborhood Shepherd...
Has immediate access/support of specific/assigned senior/associate pastoral staff
Reports to specific/assigned senior/associate pastoral staff
Meets regularly (monthly/quarterly) with other Neighborhood Shepherds and Shepherds of Shepherds (usually pastoral staff and elder(s))
Can anticipate serving at least 5 hours per week