The Hopeful Neighborhood Field Guide

The Hopeful Neighborhood Field Guide

Six Sessions on Pursuing the Common Good Right Where You Live

by Tony Cook and Don Everts

The Hopeful Neighborhood Field Guide
  • Length: 80 pages
  • Number of Studies: 6
  • Published: March 02, 2021
  •  Forthcoming
  • ISBN: 978-0-8308-4732-7
  • Item Code: 4732

We all live somewhere. And we all want our neighborhoods to flourish. Many of us hope (and even pray) for our neighborhoods' well-being. But how do we actually pursue that?

This field guide answers this question by walking you through a simple, powerful process for blessing your own neighborhood. Tony Cook and Don Everts offer six sessions for discovering the gifts of your community, imagining the possibilities, and pursuing the common good. Exercises and assessments provide practical tools for bringing your hopes into concrete reality. Join with others so that together you can increase the well-being of your local neighborhood.


Introduction: You and Your Neighborhood
1. Focus on Possibilities
2. Share Individual Gifts
3. Value Neighborhood Uniqueness
4. Long for Neighborhood Well-Being
5. Imagine Possibilities Collaboratively
6. Create and Work a Plan
Conclusion: Pursue the Common Good


Tony Cook is the executive director of The Hopeful Neighborhood Project and has served as vice president of global ministries at Lutheran Hour Ministries. He has also served as associate professor of practical theology at Concordia Seminary, St. Louis, and has a PhD in curriculum and instruction from St. Louis University and an MDiv from Concordia Seminary, St. Louis.

BY Tony Cook

Don Everts

Don Everts is reluctant to call himself an evangelist, but for decades he has found himself talking about Jesus with all sorts of skeptical and curious people. He is a writer for Lutheran Hour Ministries and has served as a pastor and a campus minister. His many books include Jesus with Dirty Feet, I Once Was Lost, The Reluctant Witness, and The Spiritually Vibrant Home.

He and his wife, Wendy, live in a neighborhood founded over two hundred years ago that now has two public schools, four churches, one mosque, one Hindu temple, and both a Costco and a Walmart. 

BY Don Everts