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

by Eric Swanson, Rick Rusaw. Jossey-Bass, 2010.

This book will help your congregation take the first step towards becoming more missionally engaged, inspiring new ways to leave an impact and providing success stories of congregations who did it.


real-life examples, leadership challenges, what to consider before becoming missionally engaged, local and global changes impacting the church, missional concepts

Best For

clergy and lay leaders


purchase as a book or e-book

Suggested Uses

  • Discover new ways to increase your impact in the community by following the missional concepts outlined in the book.
  • Be inspired by and apply ideas from the real-life examples of the mission-engaged congregations described.

About the Contributor

Jan Goodyear

Jan Goodyear is a retired middle school language arts teacher. She retired after 33 years of teaching and has since educated herself on church transformation and applied that knowledge by consulting with churches on visioning, structure, leadership development, and Christian education. 

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