The Externally Focused Quest: Becoming the Best Church for the Community (Google eBook)

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John Wiley & Sons, Mar 4, 2010 - Religion - 272 pages
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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.


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User Review  - Brian - Goodreads

I am reading this book for a pastors round table in my community. It was okay. Read full review

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User Review  - Kippert - Goodreads

So far, thankful for efforts made by Eric Swanson to travel to all these parts of US and now globally to make a difference for His Kingdom! Read full review


Waking Up to a New Day
A Leadership Skill to Master
Attractional and Missional Churches
A WindowSeat Church
Reasons the Church Is Not Engaged
A Timely Look at the Scriptures
Creating Structures for What We Value
What Would Jim Do?
Creating Systems That Influence Behavior
Good News and Good Deeds
Two Questions
More Pearls for Single Moms
Driving or Putting?
Good Deeds and Goodwill

Understanding Purpose
The Tipping Point of Growth
Weight Training in Boulder
Weight Training in Dallas
Building Capacity in Young People
A Different Kind of Senior Year
What the Willow Creek Study Revealed
From Stairstep to Journey
An Even Better Discovery
If You Want to Live Longer
For the Sake of the 98 Percent
The Purpose of Strength
Depth and Frequency of Engagement
Frequency of Engagement
I Need a Prayer
What Kind of Story Have We Been Telling?
The Rest of the Story
The Inciting Incident
The Mandatory Scene
The Importance of the Kingdom
Comparing the Church and the Kingdom
What Is Kingdom Work?
Isnt This Work for the Church?
Becoming Part of the Kingdom
A Kingdom Experiment
The More Compelling Story
If Jesus Were Mayor
Vintage Vineyard
Becoming a Pretty Good Church
Miracle Thursday
A Story That Changes the World
The Changing Centers of Christianity
Missionaries from Other Countries
The Big Shifts
Interviewing Leaders
Do You Believe What I Believe?
Do You Care About What I Care About?
Churches Sinking Wells
Catalytic Days of Service and Unity
Rural Transformation
Most Popular Ways to Partner
Why It Hasnt Always Been This Way
Who Else Cares?
What Sustains Partnerships
Lessons Learned
Changing Who Waits in Boulder
Fellow Workers
Why You Dont Have to Wear a TShirt with Your Churchs Name on It
Apologetics Today
The Role of Expectancy
What Can We Learn About Evangelism from Evangelists?
These Church People Are Different
Innovation and Growth
Innovation and Entrepreneurship
What Do You Want to Accomplish?
Shifting Resources
How to Think like an Entrepreneur
Pulling It All Together
Looking at the Same Thing and Thinking Something Different
Everyone Plays
Getting Everyone in the Game
How to Tell If You Are Winning
Focus They Choose the Window Seat Not the Aisle Seat
Purpose They Practice Weight Training Not Bodybuilding
Story They Live in the Kingdom Story Not a Church Story
Missions The Few Send the Many Not the Many Send the Few
Partnering They Build Wells Not Walls
Systems They Create Paradigms Not Programs
Evangelism They Deploy Kingdom Laborers Not Just Community Volunteers
Creativity They Innovate Not Replicate
Outcomes Its About the Game Not the Pregame Talk

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About the author (2010)

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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