The Externally Focused Quest: Becoming the Best Church for the Community

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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...

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Overview

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]

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780470500781
  • Publisher: Wiley, John & Sons, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 4/12/2010
  • Series: Jossey-Bass Leadership Network Series , #44
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 272
  • Sales rank: 727,331
  • Product dimensions: 6.30 (w) x 9.10 (h) x 1.10 (d)

Meet the Author

Eric Swanson is a missional leadership specialist with Leadership Network, leading initiatives with externally focused churches that are missionally engaging their communities, cities, and the world. With Rick Rusaw he is the cofounder of the Externally Focused Network.

Rick Rusaw is the senior pastor at LifeBridge Christian Church and an innovative leader, speaker, author, and trainer. With Eric he is the cofounder of the Externally Focused Network.

Eric Swanson and Rick Rusaw are coauthors of The Externally Focused Church and The Externally Focused Life. They frequently speak and train at seminars and conferences on missional/externally focused churches.

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Table of Contents

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.

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