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Better Together
How Christians Can Be a Welcome Influence in Their Neighborhoods

Barna Group undertook this study to learn more about the types of people who are taking initiative in their communities—who gather, donate, serve, create, teach, mobilize and innovate, alongside other passionate neighbors, to meet needs around them. Better Together, the latest report in an ongoing research partnership with Lutheran Hour Ministries, seeks to understand Christians who love their neighborhoods of their own volition, even outside of professional obligation or the formal structure of ministry programs.


Better Together Kit

Better Together Kit

Learn how to love your neighbors and your neighborhood with the new Better Together Kit. Each kit is filled with tools that will help you make a difference right in your own community.

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The Hopeful Neighborhood

The Hopeful Neighborhood
What Happens When Christians Pursue the Common Good

Are you tired of hearing people dismiss the church as an irrelevant relic? (Do you secretly wonder if they are right?) In his latest book titled The Hopeful Neighborhood, author Don Everts explores an exciting reality that is revealed in Scripture, shown throughout history, and confirmed with research from Barna and LHM: when Christians pursue the common good of the neighborhood, the world stands up and notices. This book is filled with constructive, practical ways that Christians and churches bless those around them.

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The Hopeful Neighborhood Field Guide

The Hopeful Neighborhood Field Guide

Based on original research from Barna Group and Lutheran Hour Ministries, this Hopeful Neighborhood Field Guide walks you through a simple, powerful process for blessing your own neighborhood, with six sessions on discovering the gifts of your community, imagining the possibilities, and pursuing the common good. Included exercises and assessments provide practical tools for how to turn your hopes into a concrete reality.

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Better Together Monograph

Better Together Monograph
How Christians Can Be a Welcome Influence in Their Neighborhoods

Better Together, the third in a series of studies produced in partnership with Barna Group, seeks to understand Christians who love their neighbors and their neighborhoods and want to make a difference right where they live. It’s challenging work, but the results can be life changing — because in life and in ministry, we really are better together.

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Neighborhood Bingo

Neighborhood Bingo

Looking for a fun way of getting to know your neighbors and neighborhood better? Try playing a game of Neighborhood Bingo! This game features dozens of questions and activities designed to help you naturally get to know your neighbors better.

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LHMLearn Mini-Course Graphic - Love Thy Neighborhood

LHM Learn Course

The Love Thy Neighborhood online course will help you get to know your neighbors and love them not just with words but also with deeds. Dig into Scripture, hear neighbors' stories, and get ideas to try in your own neighborhood. Check out the mini-course by clicking the link below or log in to LHM Learn for the full course.

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Booklets for Adults

Booklets for Adults

How can we be better neighbors in our communities? In the Everyone is a Gift booklet, adults will be reminded to see others as God’s creation, while Love Thy Neighborhood shares practical advice for caring for and helping our neighbors right where we live.

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Booklets for Children

Booklets for Children

Encourage your pre-school to third-grade children to love their neighbors and take care of them through the rhyming booklet, I Love My Neighborhood. The Precious in His Sight booklet will show children how we should be mindful and respectful of differences in others.

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The Hopeful Neighborhood Project

The Hopeful Neighborhood Project

The Hopeful Neighborhood Project is a collaborative network committed to improving neighborhood well-being around the world. Our resources and online network equip and encourage neighbors to work together, using their gifts and the gifts of their community, to pursue the common good of their neighborhood.

Read stories about neighbors making a difference, learn about your own gifts by taking the EveryGift Inventory, and consider joining the project at hopefulneighborhood.org.

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Lutheran Hour Ministries (LHM) has partnered with Barna Group—an industry leader for research-based insights about faith and culture, leadership and vocation, and generational groups—on an ongoing study of faith in America. This collaboration allows LHM to create resources and online courses that address the needs of both the churched and non-churched.

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