Externally Focused Churches

Strategies for Investing in Your Community: How Churches Are Leveraging Their Impact

By March 4, 2015 No Comments

externally_focused_churchLeadership Network’s concept paper, Strategies for Investing in Your Community:  How Churches are Leveraging Their Impact, previously published by Krista Petty,  shows how externally focused churches take the resources they have and pour them into the community. These churches don’t just pour out resources carelessly because staff time, volunteers and dollar resources are limited. Churches are constantly weighing the risks and rewards of community ministry and must invest prayerfully, strategically, and compassionately–making wise plans that yield results. Here are some great quotes from the paper:

“Externally focused churches are constantly weighing and measuring the risks and rewards or working in the community.”

“Churches must invest prayerfully, strategically, and compassionately and make wise plans that yield results.”

“Every time we open the doors of our building, we are open to liabilities, but our vision is to be a place where people can find God in many different ways.”

“Betterment ministries tend to create positive, caring, beneficial environments and relationships that offer participants respite or positive experiences.”

“So many people are connected with schools—kids of all ages, families, teachers, principals, school board, etc. We’ve seen how coming together to serve our schools, specifically teachers, gives us the opportunity to meet and get to know our community.”

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Warren Bird, Ph.D. has been named a Leadership Network Senior Fellow in light of his exemplary service 2006-2018 as Director of Research and Intellectual Capital Development at Leadership Network. He serves as full-time VP of Research for ECFA.org (Evangelical Council for Financial Accountability). An ordained minister with background as both a pastor and seminary professor, Warren is an award-winning author or co-author of 31 books for ministry leaders including Hero Maker with Dave Ferguson, How to Break Church Growth Barriers with Carl George, and Next: Pastoral Succession that Works with William Vanderbloemen. Other recent titles are Better Together: Making Church Mergers Work with Jim Tomberlin, and Wisdom from Lyle E. Schaller. Some of Warren’s recent online reports include "Leadership Network/Generis Multisite Church Scorecard," and "The Heartbeat of Rising Influence Churches." See also research reports at leadnet.org/megachurchleadnet.org/salary and leadnet.org/portable. He is widely recognized as one of the nation's leading researchers of megachurches, multisite churches, large church compensation and high-visibility pastoral succession. He also oversees the world's only active, sortable list of global megachurches. Follow him on Twitter @warrenbird.  Click here to subscribe to Leadership Network Advance to get updates from Leadership Network.

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