Recruit a “Roving Listener”

Broadway United Methodist Church in Indianapolis offers one example of how to conduct interviews in the neighborhood. The church hired a “roving listener” to wander through the neighborhood and spend time with people he encountered. This person focused not on neighbors’ needs but on their gifts, passions, and hopes for the community. The interviewer asked these questions:

  • “What three things do you do well enough that you could teach others how to do them?”
  • “What three things would you like to learn?”
  • “Who, besides God and me, is going with you along the way?”[1]

[1] Paul Nixon, Fling Open the Doors: Giving the Church Away to the Community (Nashville: Abingdon, 2002), 22–23.


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