Rooting for Rivals: How Collaboration and Generosity Increase the Impact of Leaders, Charities, and Churches

Rooting for Rivals: How Collaboration and Generosity Increase the Impact of Leaders, Charities, and Churches


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Faith-based organizations are sometimes known for what we're against—and all too often that includes being against each other. But amid growing distrust of religious institutions, Christ-centered nonprofits have a unique opportunity to link arms and collectively pursue a calling higher than any one organization's agenda.

Rooting for Rivals
reveals how your ministry can multiply its impact by cooperating, rather than competing. Peter Greer and Chris Horst explore case studies illustrating the power of collaborative ministry. They also vulnerably share their own failures and successes in pursuing a kingdom mind-set. Discover the power of openhanded leadership to make a greater impact on the world.

"I love the African quote, 'If you want to go fast, go alone. If you want to go far, go together.' I'm grateful to Peter Greer and Chris Horst for celebrating Christ-centered teamwork and collaboration in Rooting for Rivals."—RICHARD STEARNS, president of World Vision U.S. and author of The Hole in Our Gospel

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780764231254
Publisher: Baker Publishing Group
Publication date: 07/03/2018
Pages: 240
Sales rank: 1,198,032
Product dimensions: 5.70(w) x 8.60(h) x 1.00(d)

About the Author

Peter Greer is president and CEO of HOPE International, a global nonprofit organization focused on alleviating both physical and spiritual poverty through Christ-centered microfinance. Under Peter's leadership, HOPE has expanded its network from three to sixteen countries. Peter resides in Lancaster, Pennsylvania, with his wife, Laurel, and their three children.

Chris Horst
is the vice president of development at HOPE International. Chris has been published regularly in The Denver Post and Christianity Today, and he coauthored Mission Drift and Entrepreneurship for Human Flourishing with Peter Greer. Chris and his wife, Alli, and their two sons and one daughter live in Denver, Colorado.

Table of Contents

Foreword 11

Introduction 17

Part 1 Why We Root for Rivals

1 Our Uncommon Unity 29

2 Kingdom over Clan 45

3 Abundance over Scarcity 55

Part 2 How We Root for Rivals

4 Seven Vices vs. Seven Virtues 71

5 Pride vs. Humility 86

6 Greed vs. Generosity 105

7 Gluttony vs. Temperance 123

8 Lust vs. Love 142

9 Envy vs. Contentment 156

10 Vengeance vs. Grace 170

11 Sloth vs. Steadfastness 190

Conclusion 211

Notes 217

Acknowledgments 233

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Kozlof 3 months ago
Let me begin with this: I love this concept! In a world where we are more concerned with who has more people in their seats and less with the mentality of kingdom work, this book gives new perspective to celebrating with those who may appear to be competition. Authors Peter Greer, and Chris Horst (with Jill Heisey) do an incredible job highlighting the importance of standing with other ministries and churches to approach the work God has entrusted us with, and to do so in support and celebration of them. In the write up on this book you will read: “Rooting for Rivals reveals how your ministry can multiply its impact by cooperating, rather than competing.” Now in a marketplace where often you read a quote and yet never seem to find the reality of it within, this was easy to locate and for me personally was a great joy to finally find a book that delivers such great truth. The authors are well researched, and in return do a great job sharing with the readers the power of cooperation and how it has worked for other organizations and ministries. There is great honesty within and the biblical truth shared is of great importance. If you are in leadership I recommend you pick this book up. Rooting for Rivals was an enjoyable read and I will revisit it again in the future. *I received this book free from the publisher in exchange for an honest review. These are my personal thoughts.
Jenn Tarbell More than 1 year ago
This is a message every leader needs to hear. Peter and Chris share countless stories highlighting the value of adopting an openhanded, generous and selfless posture to advance the Kingdom. Their perspective is radical and entirely biblical. It is also a timely call to leaders in every sphere (business, ministry, church, nonprofit). This book will undoubtedly challenge those reading it in the best of ways; it truly invites its audience to a higher ground.
Carolyn Sinclair McCalla More than 1 year ago
The writers of "Rooting for Rivals" have gifted us a gentle reminder to guard our hearts with all diligence. Through honest self-reflection, they invite us to acknowledge our membership in the human race by noting our propensity to drift into a scarcity and clan mindset, as well as the impact of such a drift on our lives and the lives of those we have been called to serve through our organizations. Detailed case studies, representative of the diversity of the nonprofit landscape, are presented as concrete referents of the kingdom principles articulated in this work. Each chapter concludes with concrete next steps to guard our hearts, and by extension the hearts of our institution, so that our role in the greater and more beautiful work of furthering God's kingdom will not be hindered. It calls us to a unity that will declare the goodness of God, in the person of Jesus Christ, to the world.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Wow, I just finished this book this morning, and am working on thinking through several applications to my life and work. I started a little skeptical about using the grid of the Seven Deadly Sins as a model for organizational collaboration, but was won over fairly quickly. Each of these longtime sins (plus pride, which is perhaps the root of the other seven), has an unfortunate place in the way I lead, and now I'm committed to dealing with these areas. Several times I got to a chapter and thought "This one is going to be less relevant to me than the others," and then before I knew it I was highlighting points that were applicable to my life and leadership. One immediate take away for my organization is to open-source more of what we've created. Another takeaway is to promote "competitor" organizations to funders more often, as a way of practicing my belief in a God of abundance and further focusing on the Kingdom instead of just my own organization. I think this book is going to impact the way organizations work together in my city, and am excited to see the Kingdom grow because of that!
pepperjack2 More than 1 year ago
This book challenged the paradigm that we can’t help or cooperate with our rivals. With many case studies, the key attitudes are illustrated. Some of them are provided through the authors’ openly honestly narrated experiences. Each chapter ends with questions that help you and your organization examine your values. Though written with non-profits in mind, the concepts also work in for-profit organizations. For example, in the contrast between envy of their success and contentment with your own, you mind find you’re quite pleased with a new $1M contract until you find out a rival got a $1.5M contract. For followers of Christ, this book takes our walk to a new level even encouraging a search for common ground with those we disagree with or dislike. We are called to bless our enemies. And Proverbs 24.17-18 says, “Don’t rejoice when your enemy stumbles...or the Lord will be displeased with you and stop being angry with them.”