Externally Focused Network
Are you and your church thinking differently about what the church could be–and should be–‘for' your community? If so, the Externally Focused Network can help you with your next steps no matter if you are just beginning this journey or if you have traveled this path for a while.
The Externally Focused Network helps leaders ™
- Start a community impact ministry
- Find practical resources, tools, strategies, systems, and relationships which enable them to engage in serving their communities.
- Connect with like-minded leaders to share their innovative, externally focused ministry strategies and experiences
- Equip their churches in doing good deeds while sharing the ‘Good News,' resulting in transformed communities and changed lives
- Train their churches to believe that serving is a normal expression of Christian living and is vital to spiritual formation, to be convinced that good deeds and good news can't and shouldn't be separated, and to see themselves as vital to the health and well-being of their communities; and ...
4 Characteristics of an Externally Focused Church:
- Externally focused churches are convinced that good deeds and good news can't and shouldn't be separated. Just as it takes two wings to lift an airplane off the ground, so externally focused churches couple good news with good deeds to make an impact in their communities. The good news explains the purpose of the good deeds.
- They see themselves as vital to the health and well-being of their communities. They believe that their communities, with all of their aspirations and challenges, cannot be truly healthy without the church's involvement. It is only when the church is mixed into the very life and conversation of the city that it can be an effective force for change.
- They believe that ministering and serving are the normal expressions of Christian living. Even more, they believe that Christians grow best when they are serving and giving themselves away to others. They are convinced that Christians can learn through good instruction, but they really cannot grow if they remain uninvolved in ministry and service.
- Externally focused churches are evangelistically effective. People are looking for places of authenticity where the walk matches the talk, where faith is making a difference.