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

Love God.

Love Your Neighbor.


The Neighboring Church bookReleasing August 2016

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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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.

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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.

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