For 20 years I was privileged to serve as the pastor of a neighborhood church. That means that it was located in a city (Washington, DC), but not in the urban core. It was in a residential area, with some business and institutional areas a couple of blocks away ... but mostly single-family homes and some apartment or condo buildings. A large percentage of our membership lived nearby, many within walking distance (at one time I could look out my office window and see the homes of a half-dozen church families). We did not even have a real parking lot ... just a small space behind our building. Most who drove could park on the streets. In fact that was the model for many of our Baptist churches in the Washington area, and there was, 50 or so years ago, a church planting strategy that focused on centering new churches on major roads that were adjacent to significant residential areas. But things have changed. If a church does not have a parking lot now, it will suffer, because its members nearly all drive in from some distance. In our situation, among Baptist churches in the Washington area, there has been considerable decline as neighborhoods decayed or members moved farther out. My experience is that once a family moves away from the vicinity of the church building, they will be less consistent in their attendance and involvement, and, more important, less inclined to share the Gospel with their neighbors and influence them to join them at their church. Are others seeing this phenomenon? Notice that I am not blaming megachurches for competing with the standard brand churches. Megachurches too depend on commuters rather than a neighborhood constituency. No, we in the traditional churches have not learned how to deal with this new reality.