Community Engagement

Communities should be blessed by the churches that exist there.

Engaging with your surrounding community — becoming a great neighbour — is no simple task. It requires years of building trust, getting to know your neighbourhood, and assessing your community's unique assets and needs.

It can be overwhelming at first, but you don't need to go it alone.

Listed below are a few ways you can get started.


"A good neighbour takes care of their own property and looks out for the neighbours immediately around them. A great neighbour is someone who cares for the condition of the entire community. Great neighbours are those who come together and have the shared goal to make their community a better place to live, for all."

Jay Van Groningen, Communities First

Key Principles of Community Engagement

Let this valuable resource act as a guide as your church connects with its unique community.

Consider a Community Opportunity Scan

A church that is ready to see its relationship with its neighbours in a new way will find that a Community Opportunity Scan (COS) opens doors to exciting possibilities.

What is Go Local?

What adjustments do we need to make to reach a world that needs Jesus? Go Local is for churches who are beginning to realize that they don’t have all the answers and are willing to ask some difficult questions. A ministry of Resonate Global Mission.

Recommended Resources

We’ve compiled a list of helpful books and websites to help get you started.

Contact Our Staff

Our experienced Field Staff can answer your questions, provide helpful resources, or even help you decide if your church is ready to do a Community Opportunity Scan.

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