What if we got better at the two things Jesus said matters most?

Love God.

Love Your Neighbor.


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The Neighboring Church by Rick Rusaw & Brian Mavis

“The Neighboring Church provides not only inspiration, but some practical advice on how the people of God can be people of blessing simply by doing what Jesus said was most important to him.” Reggie McNeal, Author, Get Off Your Donkey! and Kingdom Come 

“Books can have a powerful and potent impact when the author lives out what is found on the pages.  Both Rick and Brian have modeled the timely truths and practical principles which can transform your neighborhood. Perhaps that explains why after reading The Neighboring Church I’ve begun to reach out to my neighbors rather than withdrawing from them.” – Dave Stone, Southeast Christian Church, Louisville, KY 

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Neighboring Church Neighboring Church @NeighborChurch Are we doing what Jesus said matters most? A loving neighbor is better than any good church program. #neighboringchurch 7 hours ago
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Neighboring Church Neighboring Church @NeighborChurch What would it look like for your church to be less program-centric and more scattered into neighborhoods? #neighboringchurch 4 days ago
Neighboring Church Neighboring Church @NeighborChurch What percentage of your congregation's resources of time, talent and money go towards your gathering experiences? #neighboringchurch 5 days ago
Neighboring Church Neighboring Church @NeighborChurch If each household represented in your church got to know the 8 neighbors around them, what impact could that make? #neighboringchurch 6 days ago
Neighboring Church Neighboring Church @NeighborChurch Jesus said we need new wineskins. Could Neighboring be a new wineskin for 2017 in your life? In your church? #neighboringchurch 1 week ago
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Neighboring Church Neighboring Church @NeighborChurch Pray small specific prayers over your neighbors & the willingness to be the answer when you can. 1 week ago
Neighboring Church Neighboring Church @NeighborChurch I don't know if loving my neighbor has been good for them, but I know it's been good for me. @BrianMavis 1 week ago
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Brian Mavis, LifeBridge Christian Church

“For the first time in 20 years of ministry I feel like I am doing what God called me to do.”
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Chris Freeland, McKinney Church

“Neighboring is not a strategy. It is not the bullet. It is the bull’s-eye. It is now core to who we are as a church.”

But he wanted to justify himself, so he asked Jesus,

“And who is my neighbor?” Luke 10:29


When we over-generalize the Great Commandment and make everyone our neighbor, then nobody is a neighbor. Neighboring Churches teach, encourage, equip and release people to know and love their literal neighbors…the guy, gal or family next door and across the street.

Aim at nothing specific and you hit nothing. 

Aim at knowing your literal neighbors.

About

What if we got better at the two things Jesus said matter most? Love God. Love Your Neighbor. The Neighboring Church provides resources and connections to encourage Christians and churches to love their literal neighbors. Our goal is to help you be the best neighbor your neighbors have ever had.

The Neighboring Church is a ministry of LifeBridge Christian Church in Longmont, CO, the same people who brought you The Externally Focused Church resources. Contributors include Rick Rusaw, Brian Mavis, Krista Petty, and many others. We invite you to join the conversation and share your neighboring stories and resources by emailing us.

Learn more about LifeBridge Neighboring Way of Life or view the LifeBridge Neighboring Message Portfolio.

From the Blog

Come to the Table

By Kristin Schell “We make our friends; we make our enemies; but God makes our next door neighbor.” – G. K. Chesterton I always thought I’d go far and wide on mission. Never in a million years did I imagine God would send me to the most ordinary place of all—my... read more

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