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Externally Focused Church Seminar - Lansing, MI

The Externally Focused Network

Saturday, October 1, 2011 from 8:30 AM to 3:00 PM (EDT)

Externally Focused Church Seminar - Lansing, MI

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The Externally Focused Church Seminar

Hosted by The Church of Greater Lansing

Featuring Rick Rusaw, Eric Swanson, and Brian Mavis


DATE: October 1, 2011

PLACE: Great Lakes Christian College Doty Center, 6211 W. Willow Hwy, Lansing, MI  48917


The guiding question of Externally Focused Churches is "If my church vanished, would my community care?" Unfortunately, for most churches the answer is "No." Oh sure, the people who attend those churches would care. But the city leaders wouldn't care. The schools wouldn't care. The business leaders wouldn't care. The community's non-profit agencies wouldn't care. The public servants wouldn't care. The down-and-out wouldn't care. The least and the lost wouldn't care.

But if your church became Externally Focused, your community would care if your church vanished. Take advantage of this practical and straight-forward seminar on how to move your church towards becoming externally focused.

You will...


  • Discover how your church can transform your community.
  • Hear about innovative externally focused ministry strategies.
  • Network with other leaders in your area.
  • Get resources that can multiply your impact.
  • Learn how to measure your church's effectiveness, not by its size, but by its impact.


The regular price for this event is $50 per person. But thanks to the generosity of Trinity Church and the Greater Church of Lansing, a $40 discount is available if you register before April 30.

If you have any questions, feel free to contact us.
Call Marie Zwart at 720-864-9252 x252 or email her at mzwart@lbcc.org



Rick Rusaw – Rick has served as the lead pastor at LifeBridge Christian Church in Longmont, Colorado, since 1991.  As a practitioner, Rick cares about the church being a vibrant part of their community.  At LifeBridge they want to help people “Discover Grace,” “Grow in Grace,” and “Live Gracefully.”  Rick is the co-founder of Externally Focused Network, and co-author of “The Externally Focused Church,” “Externally Focused Life,” and “The Externally Focused Quest.”

Eric Swanson - Eric has a passion for engaging churches worldwide in the needs and dreams of their communities toward the end of spiritual and societal transformation. He served with Campus Crusade for Christ for twenty-five years before joining the staff of Leadership Network where he currently works as a missional leadership specialist, serving as Leadership Community Director for Externally Focused Churches, Missional Renaissance and Global Connection Churches working with scores of missional churches around North America. He also works with leaders around the world who are focused on kingdom transformation. He holds a D.Min. degree in “Transformational Leadership in the Global City” from Bakke Graduate University and is co-author of The Externally Focused Church, The Externally Focused Life, The Externally Focused Quest: Becoming the Best Church FOR the Community, and To Transform a City: Whole Church, Whole Gospel, Whole City. Eric has been married to Liz for over 30 years, has three married children, three grandchildren and resides outside of Boulder Colorado. www.ericjswanson.com

Brian Mavis - Brian leads the Externally Focused Network which helps churches strive to be the best church for their community. He also leads the local and global missions at LifeBridge Christian Church. In the past, he helped create and led SermonCentral.com. Brian wrote the “Faith In Action” series for World Vision, the “One Sabbath” campaign for Bono’s One organization, the Bible study for “The Hole in Our Gospel,” and two Bible studies and two booklets for Gibson’s “The Passion of the Christ.”  Brian has been married twenty years, has two teen daughters, and has had 7 foster sons.

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When & Where

Great Lakes Christian College Doty Center
6211 W. Willow Hwy
Lansing, MI 48917

Saturday, October 1, 2011 from 8:30 AM to 3:00 PM (EDT)

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The Externally Focused Network

Who We Are

The Externally Focused Network has been created as a ministry of LifeBridge Christian Church in Longmont CO and will serve as a collection point for the best externally focused resources as well as the place to connect with likeminded, externally focused leaders.

Our Purpose

The purpose of the Externally Focused Network is to connect and resource church leaders who are either leading externally focused churches or want to move external focus from a tactic to a strategy.  We want to connect passionate people with practical resources, tools and relationships that will help them engage their communities with good deeds and good news resulting in transformed communities and changed lives. 

Our Focus

The Externally Focused Network will help 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
  • to see themselves as vital to the health and well-being of their communities
  • to be evangelistically effective

Our Strategy

The strategy of Externally Focused Network is to provide resources, encouragement and to aid externally focused church leaders in theology and strategy for community involvement.  Strategies of externally focused churches include…

  • following the mandates and desires of God
  • identifying the needs and dreams of their communities
  • launching ministries to meet those needs and dreams
  • partnering with existing ministries or human service agencies to expand their capacity
  • equipping people to service gracefully
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