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The Externally Focused Quest: Becoming the Best Church for the Community

3.89  ·  Rating Details ·  44 Ratings  ·  11 Reviews
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 co ...more
ebook, 272 pages
Published March 4th 2010 by Jossey-Bass
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Jeff Elliott
Foreword:
...the impact of a church is not determined by who it wants to reach but by who it is willing to serve. Alan Hirsch

Introduction:
Believers are longing to do something besides take notes in a worship service. Thousands of churches are rediscovering the DNA of the gospel and are living the gospel outside the walls of the church.

If your church were to close its doors, would anyone in the community notice--would anyone in the community care?

"How can we be the best church in our community" H
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Stacey
I found this to be a very engaging and practical resource to help me think creatively and proactively about what an externally-focused church can look like and how to move in that direction. The nine missional concepts were accessible yet inspiring, and the leadership challenge at the end of each chapters asked provocative questions that can help congregations really see how these concepts can apply to their own situations. While I found this book to be extremely helpful, and I will continue to ...more
Debra
Nov 04, 2015 Debra rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Not much new here. Reggie McNeil's Missional Renaissance is a better choice. Lots of anecdotes but all drawn from mega-churches which can leave those of us in more "traditionally-sized" congregations wondering about transferability. On the other hand, an easy read with some thought-provoking questions for leaders at the end of each chapter.
Corey
Jun 08, 2012 Corey rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A pretty good introduction to the idea of the "missional church" with plenty of practical ideas and success stories. At times a little repetitive and employs more business language than I'm comfortable with, but has lots of memorable quotes, great ideas, and relevant questions that a congregation can ask.
Luke
Oct 26, 2016 Luke rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Somewhat helpful. Some good points about being outward focused and intentionally looking for creative ways to serve and benefit the community. However, almost all the examples were from large mega-churches and not all the helpful for smaller churches. However, we can all be encouraged to be more outward focused.
Brian Williams
Sep 28, 2016 Brian Williams rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This book is a practical guide for helping congregational leaders think about engaging outreach ministries. While the churches referenced in the book are large-sized congregations, the concepts can be carried to smaller-sized faith communities.
Ben
Mar 15, 2011 Ben rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
wonderful book about being the best church FOR the community not focusing on the desire to be the best church IN the community. Powerful illustrations and true stories that will inspire and move you to action ... action that will truly transform the world.
Kippert
Jul 28, 2010 Kippert rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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!
Brian
Feb 19, 2014 Brian rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
I am reading this book for a pastors round table in my community. It was okay.
Neil
Nov 16, 2012 Neil rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Chapter 7 on was an amazing book. Great for thinking about how to be the beat church for your community.
Jim
Apr 21, 2011 Jim rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Highly inspirational! Read it and discover the joy of ministry!
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