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The Externally Focused Church Paperback – June 9, 2004
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About the Author
Erick Swanson works with the Leadership Network as Leadership Community Director for externally focused churches, impacting dozens of churches around the U.S. He also serves as a consultant for CitiReach International, helping pastors engage their communities in cities around the world. Formerly Eric served with Campus Crusade for Christ for 25 years. He has a passion for engaging churches worldwide in the needs and dreams of their communities and is coauthor of The Externally Focused Church and author of numerous articles about churches and that are transforming their communities.
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Top Customer Reviews
God does have a role for cities in His economy. This book not only gives hope as we see some results unfold, but it gives practical ideas on how any individual may play a part.
I recommended the Externally Focused Church to anyone who is serious about impacting their community with the hope also of having God produce a movement of spiritual multiplication.
One of the things about this book that was most pleasing to me was the insistence that an emphasis on good works does not discount a church from sharing the good news. In fact, they make a paradigm-shaking claim that the church is not capable of sharing the good news without engaging in good works, a concept that they support well with Scripture. This idea should sound a wake-up call to thousands of churches across the United States who spend so much time shouting at the world and virtually no time loving the world.
I find it appealing when anyone makes a point that is meant to challenge individuals on both sides of any ideological (or, in this case, theological) spectrum. Rusaw and Swanson challenge the mainline denominationally-based churches that their focus on social justice is good but insufficient without an intentional and specific preaching of the Gospel. They challenge the evangelical churches that their focus on truth-telling is good but insufficient without a practical, service-minded approach to ministering to the needs of the community. All of us in the church need to hear that message continually communicated as we try to find the healthy balance for God-honoring, Spirit-led, Christ-following church life.
For any church leader sensing God's tug toward reaching your town or city, this is a great book of ideas and inspirational stories. Read it, and share it broadly with your congregation.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Wonderful. Fabulous. Terrific. Life changing. Church changing. Faith changing. Outside the box way of doing business.Published 22 days ago by J Town
Good presentation of Biblical base, examples of successful programs and organization tips. Gave agood number of ideas we have not considered.Published 11 months ago by Neil Meador
Recommended reading for our church. Going through it with our small group. Easy to comprehend but challenging.Published 14 months ago by WaWoman