Join me this week as I talk with Leadership Network's own Eric Swanson and ask him, “What's on your mind?” Eric not only serves as our Leadership Community Director for Externally Focused and Global Connection Churches, but is also the co-director of Missional Renaissance Leadership Community, co-founder of GoodCities and co-author of The Externally Focused Church, The Externally Focused Life, The Externally Focused Quest, and To Transform a City.
1. What big issues or concepts are you currently thinking about or working on?
After reading Jim Clifton’s The Coming Jobs War, I’ve been thinking about and talking about job creation—and it seems to capture a lot of interest and actual engagement. Think about the first commandment given to Adam…it was to work the garden and to care for (production and stewardship). When people are unemployed they feel broken and impotent—not because their identity isn’t in Christ alone but because they aren’t fulfilling part of their creative purpose. I have been asking churches to include job creation (“We want to create ten full-time sustainable jobs this year”) as part of their yearly goals. Besides Clifton’s book, a good introductory video is here.
2. What book are you reading right now and what are you learning from it?
I’m enjoying a few books at the moment. I finished The Hunger Games trilogy last week—the first book was the best, but the next two are decent. I listened to those on Audible.com. I’m re-reading (after listening to it on Audible) Fast Thinking, Slow Thinking by Daniel Kahneman. Kahneman argues we have two information processing system—the quick judgment system and the reflective, processing system. Very helpful for checking our “certainty” of what we think. My current Audible book is Angela’s Ashes.
3. Other than the Bible, what book has been the most foundational for your ministry?
That’s like asking, “Next to your wife, who’s the prettiest girl you know?” Not getting into that one….
4. Where do you go to explore new ideas? What kind of environments inspire you?
I really like TED talks. I downloaded the TED app on my iPhone and have been watching a TED talk every day. A couple weeks ago I posted my top ten talks in a post called, “What I learned from my first 75 TED talks” and posted it in www.ericjswanson.com
5. Just for fun: what’s your favorite coffeehouse beverage?
Double shot latte