Rooting for Rivals

How Collaboration and Generosity Increase the Impact of Leaders, Charities, and Churches

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Reject Pride of Ownership to Pursue a "Kingdom First" Agenda

Faith-based organizations are sometimes known for what we're against--and all too often that includes being against each other. But amid growing distrust of religious institutions, Christ-centered nonprofits have a unique opportunity to link arms across our organizational boundaries and pursue a calling higher than our own agendas.

Rooting for Rivals
reveals how your ministry can multiply its impact by cooperating, rather than competing. Peter Greer and Chris Horst explore case studies illustrating the power of collaborative ministry. They also vulnerably share their own failures and successes in pursuing a Kingdom mindset. Discover the power of openhanded leadership to make a greater impact on the world.

"I love the African quote, 'If you want to go fast, go alone. If you want to go far, go together.' I'm grateful to Peter Greer and Chris Horst for celebrating Christ-centered teamwork and collaboration in Rooting for Rivals. This is an essential read for Christian ministry leaders who want to model countercultural unity and generosity in how we obey and serve our Lord."--RICHARD STEARNS, president of World Vision U.S. and author of The Hole in Our Gospel

"In Rooting for Rivals, Peter and Chris have captured God's heart for true Kingdom-minded ministry! They've created an irrefutable case for leaders around the globe to work together for the greater good. The truths in this book have the power to literally change the world!"--MARK MILLER, vice president of high performance leadership, Chick-fil-A, Inc.


Endorsements

"I grew up in a West African village that had no word for competition. For me to win at the expense of another's loss was simply inconceivable. And so it should be in the building of God's Kingdom. Impossible? Read how it's being done in outstanding ministries across the globe!"

Dr. Wess Stafford, president emeritus, Compassion International

"I love the African quote, 'If you want to go fast, go alone. If you want to go far, go together.' It applies especially well to the power of community in Kingdom work. I'm grateful to Peter Greer and Chris Horst for celebrating Christ-centered teamwork and collaboration in Rooting for Rivals. This is an essential read for Christian ministry leaders who want to model countercultural unity and generosity in how we obey and serve our Lord."

Richard Stearns, president, World Vision U.S., and author of The Hole in Our Gospel

"Rooting for Rivals is a must-read for everyone who agrees that 'no man walks alone.' Clear concepts and challenging discussion questions will provide every organization with a roadmap to improving their effectiveness not only through partnerships but by strengthening their teams' support of the organizational mission and reliance on one another."

Atul Tandon, CEO, Opportunity International

"Peter Greer and Chris Horst have done it again--their collaboration has produced another provocative volume, this one designed to challenge the dominant paradigm of competition, which hinders the flourishing of many ministries and nonprofit organizations. Written with candor, humor, and wisdom, Rooting for Rivals is a must-read for anyone who seeks to lead in a manner characterized by humility, generosity, and grace. During these times of discord and division in the church and society, Greer and Horst provide a welcome roadmap for cooperation and bridge building."

Kim S. Phipps, president, Messiah College

"Greer and Horst urge unity in ministry. Their 'seven deadly sins' analytical framework challenges the reader to understand those factors that drive us apart and limit success, and those that pull us together and catalyze ministry efforts. This is good, substantive thinking that constitutes a meaningful addition to the literature."

Paul Lowell Haines, EdD, JD, president, Taylor University

"Rooting for Rivals is a convincing and convicting call to leave behind the mindset that we compete against one another within the Kingdom of God. Peter Greer and Chris Horst present a revolutionary understanding of what it means to advance the mission of God. This book is a must-read for every leader who wants to honor the Lord."

D. Michael Lindsay, president, Gordon College

"Our culture is turbo-charged with competition--unfortunately, even Christians competing with each other. Rooting for Rivals thoughtfully, biblically, and unapologetically pushes against this perspective. Our King expects that we will steward with courage and humility the gifts God has entrusted to us, while opening the door for others to flourish."

Dan Wolgemuth, president/CEO, Youth For Christ USA

"I have experienced firsthand the 'rooting' from Peter and HOPE. Peter and I have had the chance to be the nonprofit pitching at the same time to some generous Kingdom-minded friends. . . . What he has lived out, and modeled, is collaboration and Kingdom. All nonprofits need to live this out--it is good for the Kingdom, and it is good for our generous friends."

Eric Scofield, chief development officer, Young Life

"Generosity, humility, and integrity foster unity! From my experience, when organizations and leaders align with these Christlike attributes greater collaboration, efficiency, and impact are the outcomes . . . 1+1=3 . . . the Kingdom advances and God is pleased! Rooting for Rivals helps us understand there is great truth in the proverb 'The the world of the generous gets larger and larger; the world of the stingy gets smaller and smaller'!"

J. Todd Peterson, NFL Kicker 1993-2005; illumiNations host, and chairman emeritus, Seed Company

"Throughout the world today we need to build not just strong organizations, but strong gospel ecosystems. And this requires a spirit that is generous, collaborative, and willing to grow fruit on other people's trees. Chris Horst and Peter Greer embody a 'rooting for rivals' spirit in their work and leadership. Rooting for Rivals is a valuable contribution to leaders intent on making a long-term impact in their cities."

Jeff Haanen, CEO, Denver Institute for Faith & Work

"In Rooting for Rivals, Peter and Chris have captured God's heart for true Kingdom-minded ministry! They've created an irrefutable case for leaders around the globe to work together for the greater good. The truths in this book have the power to literally change the world!"

Mark Miller, vice president of high performance leadership, Chick-fil-A, Inc.

"Peter and Chris have captured the heart of donors in Rooting for Rivals. We want the ministries we support to work well with others to maximize the impact of scarce resources for the Kingdom. Every nonprofit leader should read this book and follow its call to action."

Greg Brenneman, executive chairman, CCMP Capital; Emmy Award-winning author of Right Away and All at Once; and former chairman, Burger King and Continental Airlines

"With solid research, engaging stories, and theological acumen, Peter and Chris present a kingdom-shaped vision for leading Christian organizations in a distinctly Christian way. In a time when many faith-based groups are facing legal and financial pressures, it is my hope that the cooperative spirit they envision in this book takes off and proves to be a source of fruitfulness and abundance for Christian institutions in the century to come."

Katelyn Beaty, author of A Woman's Place and editor at large, Christianity Today

"I really thought, when I first saw the title of this new book, that I was already pretty good at treating my rivals in a godly manner. But these fellows never let us off so easily. Set your plow a little deeper, and get ready to think in some fresh ways."

Joel Belz, founder, World Magazine

"Rooting for Rivals is full of practical and compelling guidance for effective partnership in and out of the church--a reminder that the scriptural counsel to look not only to our own interests but also to the interests of others applies even when those interests are closely aligned."

John Inazu, author of Confident Pluralism

"This book is a must-read for any who would dare to sacrifice personal ambition for the sake of the Kingdom. In a society where narcissism is the new normal, Greer and Horst call us back to the mind of Christ, to leadership in humility."

Daniel Rice, author, and founder, #Gospel

"While people would naturally think rivalry is confined to nonprofits, there is often just as much among foundations and donors. Everyone wants to back a winner, and sometimes we unintentionally encourage ministries not only to compete but to become rivals. We are part of the problem. We need this book!"

Fred Smith, president, The Gathering


The Authors

  1. Peter Greer
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    Peter Greer

    Peter Greer (www.peterkgreer.com) is president and CEO of HOPE International, a global nonprofit focused on addressing both physical and spiritual poverty through microfinance. He has a master's degree in public policy from Harvard's Kennedy School. Peter is...

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  2. Chris Horst

    Chris Horst

    Chris Horst is the vice president of development at HOPE International, where he employs his passion for advancing initiatives at the intersection of faith and work. In addition to his role at HOPE, Chris spends an alarming percentage of his free time tending...

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  3. Jill Heisey

    Jill Heisey

    Jill Heisey is a freelance communications specialist. She graduated from Messiah College with degrees in politics and Spanish before landing her dream job as a member of HOPE International's marketing team. She and her husband, Bryan, are parents to Adelyn and...

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