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 clear guidelines on the 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. The Externally Focused Quest outlines ten changes needed for church leaders to transform their churches and presents a highly practical approach that shows leaders how to become more externally focused without having to give up programs that serve members. This book reveals what it takes to make the major shift from internal to external focus and how that affects church leadership.
Eric Swanson, BGU DMin graduate, is a missional leadership specialist with Leadership Network, leading initiatives with externally focused churches that are missionally engaging their communities, cities, and the world. He also works with Gloo, a company that focuses on technology that enhances wellness, relationships, and spirituality. He serves on the board of Christians for Social Action and is coauthor of four books.
Rick Rusaw leads the Spire Network and is on the executive team of Gloo, both digital enterprises that equip and connect Christian leaders. For more than twenty-eight years, he served as lead pastor at LifeBridge Christian Church in Longmont, Colorado. He has assisted churches and denominations worldwide in developing an external focus on ministry and has authored several books.