Externally Focused Churches Becoming the New Norm

Eric Swanson. Leadership Network, June 14, 2011.

This web resource offers a YouTube video narrated by Eric Swanson, author and Leadership Network’ s Community Director, which describes externally focused or what are called "missional" congregations and shares stories from missional churches where service to "outsiders” is integral and where expressions of love of neighbor are evident by the service rendered.


YouTube video; information; practical ideas

Best For

clergy and lay leaders



Suggested Uses

  • Learn how millennials "experience Jesus in fresh ways” when they serve others, and how you can use that information within your own congregation.
  • Use the video as a great conversation starter for Christian congregations who are rethinking what it means to be "church.”

About the Contributor

Janet Hoover

Janet Hoover is a certified spiritual director in private practice and an American Baptist pastor. She graduated from the University of Indianapolis and earned her MDiv and DMin from Christian Theological Seminary in Indianapolis. 

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