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
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About the Author
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
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
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
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.
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.
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!
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.”