The Art of Neighboring: Building Genuine Relationships Right Outside Your Door

by Jay Pathak, Dave Runyon. Baker Books, 2012.

This compelling book discusses what it might be like if we actually loved our neighbors, as stated by The Great Commandment, and why we are often uncomfortable with the prospect of doing so.


discussion questions, study guide with supporting reflective questions, recommended scripture readings, COVID-19 suggestions

Best For

clergy, lay leaders, congregants


purchase as a book or ebook

Suggested Uses

  • Connect with neighbors during social distancing by using the ideas in this COVID-19 toolkit .
  • Lead rich, biblical-based discussions about what holds us back from being a true neighbor and how to work through those roadblocks.

About the Contributor

Melissa Spas

Melissa Spas is the managing director of the Lake Institute on Faith & Giving, where she develops and leads educational programs and partnerships with religious organizations and the people who lead them. She has also worked for leadership education at Duke Divinity, where she contributed to the development, design, and delivery of strategic leadership programs and resources for Christian institutions. 

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