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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Reject Pride of Ownership in Pursuit of a Higher Mission

Christian organizations have come to be known mostly 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 with others, modeling Christlike love and generosity in the process. Peter Greer and Chris Horst explore case studies illustrating the power of collaborative ministry. Writing with vulnerability, they also share their own failures and successes in moving toward a kingdom mindset.

In Rooting for Rivals you'll discover the key to revitalizing your ministry and making an enduring difference in the world.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781493414970
Publisher: Baker Publishing Group
Publication date: 07/03/2018
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 240
File size: 8 MB

About the Author

Peter Greer ( is president and CEO of HOPE International, a global nonprofit focused on addressing both physical and spiritual poverty through microfinance. He has a master's degree in public policy from Harvard's Kennedy School. Peter is the coauthor of The Spiritual Danger of Doing Good, Mission Drift, and six other books. He speaks at conferences, including Catalyst and Passion, and has been featured by media outlets such as CNN, Christianity Today, and World. Peter lives in Lancaster, Pennsylvania, with his wife, Laurel, and three children.
Chris Horst is the vice president of development at HOPE International, where he employs his passion for advancing initiatives at the intersection of faith and work. In addition to his role at HOPE, Chris spends an alarming percentage of his free time tending to his yard with all the loving care normally afforded to newborn children. He and his wife, Alli, have three human children of whom they are even prouder than their lawn--Desmond, Abe, and June. As a dad to three kiddos, Chris has recently undergone a radical transformation from self-proclaimed foodie to a man who prepares far more trays of chicken nuggets than avocado toast. He wouldn't change it.

Chris serves on the boards of the Denver Institute for Faith & Work and the Mile High WorkShop and is a founder of He loves to write, having been published in The Denver Post and Christianity Today and co-authored Mission Drift, Entrepreneurship for Human Flourishing, and Rooting for Rivals (arriving mid-2018) with Peter Greer. Christianity Today, WORLD Magazine, and the Evangelical Christian Publishers Association named Mission Drift a book of the year in 2015. Chris was a very average student, but he did graduate with both a bachelor's degree from Taylor University and an MBA from Bakke Graduate University.
Jill Heisey is a freelance communications specialist. She graduated from Messiah College with degrees in politics and Spanish before landing her dream job as a member of HOPE International's marketing team. She and her husband, Bryan, are parents to Adelyn and Celia and live in Frederick, Maryland, where Jill spends her days writing anything from books and marketing materials to the ABCs.

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 6 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.”