The Art of Neighboring

2014 RightNow Conference


Dave Runyon served as a Pastor in Denver for nine years before starting CityUnite helping church, government and business leaders unite around common causes. In this 31-minute session from the 2014 RightNow Conference, Dave explains how to mobilize every person in your church to be on mission by being intentional with their neighbors.

Dave is the co-author of The Art Of Neighboring: Building Genuine Relationships Right Outside Your Door.



John 17:20-23 (ESV)

20“I do not ask for these only, but also for those who will believe in me through their word,21that they may all be one, just as you, Father, are in me, and I in you, that they also may be in us, so that the world may believe that you have sent me.22The glory that you have given me I have given to them, that they may be one even as we are one,23I in them and you in me, that they may become perfectly one, so that the world may know that you sent me and loved them even as you loved me.

Scripture quotations marked (ESV) are from The Holy Bible, English Standard Version®, copyright © 2001 by Crossway Bibles, a publishing ministry of Good News Publishers. Used by permission. All rights reserved.


Dave said: "What if our unity is one of the best ways to see people come to know Jesus?" Dave and the group of pastors from Denver also challenged each other by asking "what could we do together that we could never do alone." After hearing Dave's talk and reading John 17, what are your thoughts about unity? Is this something you think about? In what ways does your ministry seek out unity?
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The mayor of Denver told Dave and the other pastors "if you want to have the biggest impact in our city, you would find a way to have a neighboring movement." In what ways would great neighboring make a difference in your community?
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In your observation and experience, what are the differences between the way Christians and non-Christians treat their neighbors?
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Download the "Who is My Neighbor?" document below and write the names of all of the neighbors surrounding you. How many could you name? What specific steps can you make to get to know your neighbors in the next two weeks?
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Dave mentioned that neighboring is one of the best discipleship tools he has ever come across because it causes people depend on Jesus. How can you launch a neighboring movement in your ministry? What can you do to equip the people you lead to be good neighbors?
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Acts 17:26-27 (ESV)

26And he made from one man every nation of mankind to live on all the face of the earth, having determined allotted periods and the boundaries of their dwelling place,27that they should seek God, and perhaps feel their way toward him and find him. Yet he is actually not far from each one of us,

Scripture quotations marked (ESV) are from The Holy Bible, English Standard Version®, copyright © 2001 by Crossway Bibles, a publishing ministry of Good News Publishers. Used by permission. All rights reserved.



Take some time to pray by name for your neighbors. Thank God that He has placed them in your life. Pray that they would seek God and find their way to Him.



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