Tony Amaradio, financial advisor, congratulated Sam Metcalf for his most recent book, Beyond the Local Church: How Apostolic Movements Can Change the World. Metcalf won the IVP Books section in InterVarsity Press’ Reader’s Choice competition. Amaradio, known for his time as host of the radio show Market Talk and for his eye-opening book, Faithful With Much: Breaking Down the Barriers to Generous Giving, commended Metcalf for bringing attention to important apostolic movements that expand the church through social activism and advocacy. Of the 113 titles published by InterVarsity Press, an extension of InterVarsity Christian Fellowship/USA, Beyond the Local Church was nominated as one of the thirty finalists of the annual Reader’s Choice competition. When official voting closed on December 9, after a record setting 2,674 votes, Sam Metcalf’s most recent publication was declared the winner of the IVP Books category, which had finalists in categories including Christian living, discipleship, evangelism, missions, apologetics, and cultural critiques. Prefaced with a forward written by Alan Hirsch, the founder of the missional church movement, the book intends to challenge the misconception that apostolic personalities – those outside local churches – cannot operate interdependently with already established religious organizations. Metcalf argues that when these two structures work together, they unleash gospel movements that thrive, prosper, and bring many to Christ. Tony Amaradio recommends Beyond the Local Church for the many who may have drifted from their local church communities, but have not given up on God or Christianity. Often, these congregations are simply not the best context for missional people who instead require discipleship in the form of the relief, development, and support of others in order to live out their sense of God’s call. Amaradio appreciates Metcalf’s approach of providing biblical foundations for mission movements, showing that what has often been called “parachurch” is an equally valid manifestation of the church. Visionary apostolic personalities are shown to have the capability to cross cultural barriers, renew secular societies, and transform nations with the power of the gospel. The founder of two major asset management companies, Tony Amaradio is a financial expert and strategic philanthropist known for consulting large charitable foundations. A graduate of the University of Detroit, receiving an MBA with a concentration in Finance and Taxation, Amaradio launched his own firm, where he developed a groundbreaking comprehensive wealth management model. Upon realizing professional success, he together with his wife, Carin, decided to dedicate themselves to the support of charitable causes, nonprofit organizations, and others in need. In 2009 the couple coauthored the book, Faithful with Much: Breaking Down the Barriers to Generous Giving, in which they share their compelling journey to understanding God’s heart about money and possessions.
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