Rooting for Rivals: How Collaboration and Generosity Increase the Impact of Leaders, Charities, and Churches
Author: Peter Greer and Chris Horst
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A mere eighty-five nonprofits have endured five hundred years or more. Statistics suggest nearly three of every four newly launched nonprofits will close their doors within a decade. The odds are stacked against survival.
This might seem like an odd case to make in a leadership book. If our organizations will one day vanish, why care about them? Why not focus exclusively on maximizing our own prosperity or trying to secure an enduring legacy? Why not lose hope altogether? For Christians, the answer is clear. Hundreds of years from now, our descendants will likely not know our names, nor those of our organizations. But if we successfully embrace the unity Jesus taught, our descendants will remember what the Church did together.
As Christ’s followers, we are not just building temporary organizations but participating in an eternal Kingdom. Your ministry’s growth is not the only metric for success for followers of the One whose legacy on earth was defined by self-sacrifice and love for those who could never repay Him. In that light, rooting for rivals—cheering on and coming to the aid of those the world sees as our competitors—doesn’t feel all that crazy. It’s time we look at ourselves and our organizations in a Kingdom context.
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