Praise for The Externally Focused Quest"Swanson and Rusaw are unmatched in their grasp of church and culture! This book contains the information and insight that will resource my preaching, refine my strategy, and reignite my passion as a pastor."[ Dr....
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Praise for The Externally Focused Quest"Swanson and Rusaw are unmatched in their grasp of church and culture! This book contains the information and insight that will resource my preaching, refine my strategy, and reignite my passion as a pastor."[ Dr. Joel C. Hunter, senior pastor, Northland - A Church Distributed, Longwood, Florida]"The Externally Focused Quest is a must-read for every follower of Christ today. Like me, you will come away with a heart bursting with fresh vision for the world outside the four walls of your church. I am making this book required reading for students in the colleges I oversee. It will challenge and dismantle your excuses; then it will inspire you, instruct you, and compel you to action. I am different for having read this book."[Dr. Wayne Cordeiro, founding and senior pastor of New Hope Christian Fellowship and chancellor of Pacific Rim Christian College Consortium]"Eric Swanson and Rick Rusaw continue to challenge the church to look outward-to join Jesus on his mission in a hurting world, and to show and share the love of Christ. If you are serious about being the church for your community, this book will help provide the insight and tools you need to make it happen."[Ed Stetzer, president, LifeWay Research]"Wake up, Church, and read the challenges of our world as opportunities for the church. We are called to serve, and at no time in history has the church had such amazing opportunities to be a transformative presence in the world. In The Externally Focused Quest, Swanson and Rusaw set our hearts on fire for becoming the church that will change the world and then provide concrete examples of how to begin wherever you are in the church and the world. Swanson and Rusaw are redefining the church to be not simply a group of people who believe the same things, but a group of people who are on a mission together as big as the world we are called to serve."[Diana Garland, dean, School of Social Work, Baylor University]"I am a big fan of Swanson and Rusaw. They are helping the church become what she has been destined for-to be outwardly focused. This is another great book that will help you get beyond yourself."[Steve Sjogren, president, ServeCoach.com]
A practical approach for leaders to guide their congregations to become more externally focused
The Externally Focused Quest: Becoming the Best Church for the Community is designed for church leaders who want to transform their churches to become less internally focused and more oriented to the world around them. The book includes the clear guidelines on the ten changes congregations must adopt to become truly outwardly focused. This book is not about getting all churches to have an annual day of community service as a tactic but changing the core of who they are and how they see themselves as a part of their community.
Outlines the ten changes needed for church leaders to transform their churches Presents a highly practical approach that shows leaders how to become more externally focused without having to give up programs that serve members A new volume in the popular Leadership Network Series
This book reveals what it takes to make the major shift from an internal to external focus and how that affects church leadership.
Rick Rusaw is senior minister of LifeBridge Christian Church in Longmont, Colorado, a congregation known for its community involvement and service.
Eric Swanson is coauthor of The Externally Focused Church (Group, 2004), Living a Life on Loan (Standard, 2006), and Becoming an Externally Focused Church (Jossey Bass, 2010). Along with Sam Williams, he has founded GoodCities, an organization committed to engage the church worldwide in the needs and dreams of their cities in order to bring about spiritual and societal transformation. He lives in Louisville, Colorado with his wife, Liz, and enjoys reading, blogging, photography, cooking, travel, and good coffee.
- About Leadership Network. Acknowledgments Foreword (alan Hirsch). Introduction. Chapter 1: What Kind Of Day Is Today? Chapter 2: Focus: They Choose The Window Seat, Not The Aisle Seat. Chapter 3: Purpose: They Practice Weight Training, Not Bodybuilding. Chapter 4: Story: They Live In The Kingdom Story, Not A Church Story. Chapter 5: Missions: The Few Send The Many, Not The Many Send The Few. Chapter 6: Partnering: They Build Wells, Not Walls. Chapter 7: Systems: They Create Paradigms, Not Programs. Chapter 8: Evangelism: They Deploy Kingdom Laborers, Not Social Workers. Chapter 9: Creativity: They Innovate, Not Replicate. Chapter 10: Outcomes: It's About The Game, Not The Pregame Talk. Notes. The Authors.