What if when Jesus commanded us to love our neighbors, he meant our actual neighbors, those next door, our neighbor-neighbors? Del Rey collective desires to see a day when there is an "Open Porch" in every neighborhood, showing Christian hospitality, and building authentic communities of love. We might not agree with our neighbor's politics or faith walk, but we can agree that tacos are good. When neighbors are in right relationship, good things happen. We believe that transformation of the world, starts in our own homes, on our own porches.
We believe that the simplicity of the Open Porch is the key. Our families are already tied up in so many activities, that it's often difficult to do something missional. What if we didn't have to add another activity and we simply invited people into an activity that we are already doing? Eating. Church programs and events have their place, but they are oftentimes not as inclusive and hospitable as we would like. Folks who might not ever come to a bible study at the church are way more likely to join you in your home, your yard, or your dorm common area for a meal and a beverage.
Across America, neighbors and friends are intentionally gathering in homes, in yards, and on porches. Authentic community is being built in the simplest of places in the simplest of ways. Our desire is create a community of communities. A place of encouragement, empowerment and resource. Whether you have been hosting a gathering in your home (or porch) for years or you are just getting started, register your porch today to become a part of this growing movement.