(We Call it ‘Ascension Outbound’)
In 2004, Ascension began to view outreach to the community a bit differently based on “externally focused church” concepts initially introduced by Eric Swanson (The Externally Focused Church, Rusaw and Swanson, 2004).
Externally focused churches are internally strong, but focus outwardly beyond the walls of the church; they join hands with partners, building bridges to the community.
In early 2005, Ascension began to focus externally by first researching the needs of the community and more specifically identifying needs within the church’s zip code of 75243. Through this effort, Stults Road Elementary was identified and Ascension members initially met with the then principal, Darwin Spiller. The school’s needs were identified and months later, programs began to be put in place to address those needs. These early efforts began the formation of what now is called Ascension Outbound, focusing OUT into the community and the world.
These early efforts began the formation of what is now called Ascension Outbound, focusing OUT into the community and the world.
Ascension Outbound Ministries