You may be curious about who we are and how we organize. Hopefully, this guide will help answer some of those questions. You also are welcome to email us here with anything we may have missed.
How is a city village different from a small group?
City villages are the main organizing structure of The Good Neighbor Movement which means that the essential functions of the church happen through them: administration, worship, discipleship, mutual support, faith-sharing, and mission. City villages (between 12-20 people) are small enough for inward care and large enough to make an outward impact in the local neighborhood where it meets. City villages are like an extended family of fellow Jesus-followers and friends in the local neighborhood who partner in doing good.
I am not able to be a part of a city village right now. How else can I be involved?
No prob! There are several other ways to get involved. You can partner with a city village through its ministries in the local neighborhood and join one of its regular hospitality events that serve as an entry point for seekers. You can join our 4th Sunday Good Neighbor Reunion where we gather all of the city villages, friends, and partners around a meal, hear stories of faith, and discern how we can continue to take action in our neighborhoods for good. You can also donate financially to The Good Neighbor Movement so that we can further our impact in local neighborhoods. Last, but not least, you can pray for and with us. Drop your prayers here.
Does The Good Neighbor Movement ever gather in a central location?
The Good Neighbor Movement mostly meets through city villages in homes, bars, coffee shops, the streets, parks and other community spaces. However, we also have a regular 4th Sunday Good Neighbor Reunion. At the Reunion we gather all of the city villages together with our friends, neighbors, and partners around a meal, hear stories of faith, and discern how we can continue to take action in our neighborhoods for good. Please RSVP if you're coming. We try our best to make sure there's enough food and seating for everyone!
How do young and older children fit into The Good Neighbor Movement?
City villages work hard to create both intergenerational spaces where young folks can engage alongside of adults AND differentiated spaces for young folks and adults to engage in ways unique to their development. The Good Neighbor Movement strives to have childcare available at all of our events.
When do the city villages meet?
At different times throughout the week. You can find a detailed schedule on our Connect page.
Can I visit a city village to see if I'd fit in?
Sure! We welcome you to "test the waters" of a city village in a few ways: 1) through attending the city village's monthly hospitality event and other neighborhood ministries; 2) through one-on-one meetings with persons in the city village; and 3) through reviewing the city village's covenant. Once you've engaged in these ways, talk with a city village facilitator about visiting one of the more intimate meetings of the city village.
Which neighborhoods currently have a city village? Do I need to reside in the area where a city village meets in order to be involved?
Currently, we have one city village in the Ole Asheboro neighborhood and one city village in downtown Greensboro. Find out more details on our City Village and Connect pages. City villages are comprised of folks who live, work and/or play in the neighborhood where they meet. The key to the sustainability of relationships and ministry within a city village is for members to see the neighborhood where the city village meets as a place they already spend a lot of their time and are called to inhabit.
Do I have to give an offering?
No! However, we welcome your generosity to The Good Neighbor Movement. This can be in the form of giving money, your time, your talents, your prayers, or connecting us to people and organizations you know with whom we could partner.
What are some face-to-face ways I can get to know the pastor or learn more about the church?
We love meeting new people! We love sitting down to hear and share stories. Send any of our leaders a message to set up a face-to-face meeting. Find our contact info here.
Who is a part of The Good Neighbor Movement?
Right now we are couples, families, and single folks; black, white, latinx, and other; queer, trans, straight, men, women, and non-binary; children, young adults, and older adults; poor, working, and formally educated; progressives, conservatives, and revolutionaries; seekers, skeptics, and long-time churchgoers; folks newer to Greensboro and folks who've been around for decades! We celebrate the unique backgrounds and identities that make up our church, and we are not yet what we will be in the future: an even more diverse expression of the beauty of creation represented in Greensboro neighborhoods.
What kind of mission and community engagement is The Good Neighbor Movement involved in?
We believe in mission and engagement that is done with our neighbors. That means we are involved with a diversity of issues, from hunger insecurity to advocacy for sanitation workers to youth ministry. To find out more about the mission and community engagement we're involved with contact us or check out our Calendar and Stories.
With whom do I talk to if I want more information?
We always welcome questions and feedback. Contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org. Someone from our leadership will respond to you within 48 hours.
Do I have to be a United Methodist to be a part of The Good Neighbor Movement?
The Good Neighbor Movement is affiliated with the Western North Carolina Conference of the United Methodist Church. However, we like new and diverse friendships and partnerships that align with our vision. You do not need to be United Methodist to be a part of our church. We want to learn your story and how it can grow our spirit of good neighboring in Greensboro!