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The Externally Focused Church [Paperback]

By Rick Rusaw (Author) & Eric Swanson (Author)
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Learn from churches that have made serving their communities a priority--with dramatic results. Your church can be a firm pillar in your community because of the unwavering truth and love of its members.
Attract new believers and reach hurt and skeptical people through service
Help your members deepen their spiritual commitment through service
Discover practical ways to change your community--starting now
From the minister to the mechanic and the teen to the tenured, your church will expand God's kingdom when it extends his love to the people in your community.

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If Your Church Vanished, Would Your Community Weep? Would Anyone Notice? Would Anyone Care?
""I will never forget the comment of one fourth-grade teacher as she stood there, amazed at the work being done on her classroom by complete strangers: 'If this is Christianity, then I'm interested, ' she said.""
"from Forward by Rick Rusaw and Eric Swanson"
Learn from churches that have made serving their communities a priority--with dramatic results. Your church can be a firm pillar in your community because of the unwavering truth and love of its members.
Use case studies from churches that have mastered community service, and apply the action steps to: Attract new believers and reach hurt and skeptical people through serviceUse the resources your church already has to impact those in needLearn how churches have made community service a part of their DNAHelp your members deepen their spiritual commitment through serviceDiscover practical ways to change your community--starting now
From the minister to the mechanic and the teen to the tenured, your church will expand God's kingdom when it extends his love to the people in your community.

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Studio: Group Publishing(CO)
Pages   224
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 9" Width: 6.22" Height: 0.55"
Weight:   0.8 lbs.
Binding  Softcover
Release Date   May 23, 2006
Publisher   Group Publishing
ISBN  0764427407  
ISBN13  9780764427404  

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Rick Rusaw was born in 1959.

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Dangerously challenge your conventional Christianity  Dec 22, 2006
What if the unemployment rate were to rise above 10 percent? We would be in a crisis. Yet, when a church has 80 percent unemployment (with 20 percent active), it is viewed as normal. Remember that we are not saved by good works, but we are saved for good works. "For we are God's workmanship, created in Christ Jesus to do good works, which God prepared in advance for us to do." --Eph. 2:10. As Rick Rusaw and Eric Swanson explain, the church should not be a hospice that prepares people to die; it should be a rehab center, preparing people to live. Two facts: 1) Christians do not grow unless they serve. "Faith by itself, if it is not accompanied by action, is dead." --James 2:17. 2) Your community needs you. This book is packed with examples of how real-life people have discovered how to use their gifts to encounter Christ by serving in their community. The two dimensions of Christian living -- proclaiming the Good News and demonstrating good deeds - are balanced in the evangelistic church that moves beyond its four walls.
"Let us consider how we may spur one another on toward love and good deeds." - Hebrews 10:24
The Externally Focused Church  Mar 14, 2006
We purchased this book because we have a strong desire to reach our community for Christ. God has been stirring our hearts for sometime to get outside the walls and become essential to our community. The Externally Focused Church gives clear direction on developing ministries outside the walls and cautions about what not to do. It is the best book I have read to date on outreach and I highly recommend it.
The Externally Focused Church  Feb 24, 2006
A fantastic book about how the church must get out of it's walls and engage the local community. Not by handing out tracts and standing on street corners waving it's Bibles, but by acts of kindness to show that the church cares about the future of the community. There are also examples from externally focused churches on how they get involved with local projects, the business community and schools to help improve the community. All with no strings attached. This way, onlookers will see a servant church that is not just focused on their congregation. The book also discusses how to set up a community ministry and having a community minister on staff go out work with the 24/7 people to meet community needs and set up projects for volunteer's from the church. It's the future of the growing churches.
This is a good book of inspiring stories and challenging ideas...  Jan 18, 2006
Rusaw and Swanson use this book to tell dozens or even hundreds of stories of churches around the country and world who are impacting their communities in awesome ways through serving and meeting needs. The shift in focus from how the church can take care of itself to how the church should bless the world is refreshing.

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.
Where faith and works meet to impact a city.  Jan 29, 2005
This is a wonderful book for anyone interested is getting a better understanding of our roles as Christians in the world. It is both practical and inspiring. Since the 19th century when reason and faith separated, Christians have separated over good works and good deeds and now Rick Rusaw and Eric Swanson call us back to apply both faith and works together. They creatively share their own experiences in trusting God for the results in ways that much of the Christian world has long since forgotten. They challenge us to service, where good deeds and good works intersect, where mercy and justice meet.

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.

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