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The Neighboring Church

Brian Mavis and Rick Rusaw explore the hows of loving your neighbor. Derived from their experience as a church leaning into local neighborhoods, this book provides practical tools to teach everyone how to love their neighbors well.

Book Summary

Matthew 22:37-40 says, “Love the Lord your God will all your heart...and love your neighbor as yourself.” Mavis and Rusaw witnessed just how life-changing it is when believers simply follow God’s greatest commandment.

 

In their experience, loving neighbors is messy, unpredictable, and time-consuming—but it also brings more clarity, joy, and satisfaction than anything they had ever experienced. According to Mavis, neighboring is about teaching, encouraging, equipping, and releasing Christians to love their neighbors.

 

Overall, both men weave their experience with practical advice to help Christians put actions behind their good intentions.