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About Rooting for Rivals
Christian organizations have come to be known mostly 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 and collectively pursue a calling higher than any one organization's agenda.
Rooting for Rivals reveals how your ministry can multiply its impact by cooperating rather than competing with others, modeling Christlike love and generosity in the process. Peter Greer and Chris Horst explore case studies illustrating the power of collaborative ministry. Writing with vulnerability, they also share their own failures and successes in moving toward a kingdom mindset.
In Rooting for Rivals you'll discover the key to revitalizing your ministry and making an enduring difference in the world.
(Incredibly Generous) 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
“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
“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
“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
“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 and 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
“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
“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, and Emmy Award-winning author of Right Away and All at Once
“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
“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