Phil Tom, from the Vital Signs blog, remembers that Herb Miller wrote an article a few years ago in Net Results that listed his top ten list on how church members should reach out with their neighbors. Number one on his list was “get out of the car.”

Rather than an obstruction on the way to church, we should be treating our neighbors where we live, and – most especially – those who live near the church, as a ministry opportunity. Phil writes: “In connecting with their neighbors, this congregation responded by developing congregational and community ministries that connected with their neighbor’s deeply felt hope and needs. ”

I was working with a church a few years ago that only drove through the neighborhood.  I convinced them to start walking.  For them, it wasn’t so much a gas savings, but it was to go meet the neighbors.