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Change in the church began when we asked the question, “If our church disappeared, would anyone care?” That question set the direction for a 25-year journey that led us from just doing good things to solving real problems. What’s the difference and why is it a must if churches want to move beyond helping that hurts. And how can pastors create the space for the business-minded who can help make it happen?
Rick Rusaw, Senior Pastor | LifeBridge Church, Longmont, CO
Rick Rusaw has served as the Lead Pastor at LifeBridge Christian Church in Longmont, Colorado for over 25 years. He is the co-founder of Externally Focused network and the co-author of three books: Externally Focused Church, Externally Focused Life, and Externally Focused Quest.
He became the senior pastor at LifeBridge in 1991, five weeks before it celebrated its 100th anniversary. Change in the church began when Rusaw asked the question, “If our church disappeared, would anyone care?” That question set the direction for the past 25 years and has led them the church to get involved in schools, businesses and service agencies with the goal to become the best church for the community.
“Life is more than weekends,” Rusaw said. “It’s been a 25-year journey for us. We provide half of foster care families in the community, 85 percent of mentors for at-risk kids, resources for single moms and many other substantive ways to be engaged in what’s going on in the community.”