"I've known Sam for forty years, and I can say that few men have impacted me regarding my understanding of ministry and the contribution I could make and who have encouraged me and given me hope in ministry than Sam. He helped me understand the differences and symbiotic relationship between the local church and mission organizations, which he so clearly and succinctly spells out in this book. This topic has unfortunately been the focus of many conversations during our years in ministry together. I say unfortunately because it is unfortunate that this book has had to be written and unfortunate that these issues have not been settled years ago in the body of Christ. It seems we always have two responses when someone gives such a clarion call: we either respond like Noah's audience, who laughed and mocked until the flood came, or like Jonah's audience, who repented and were saved. Sam Metcalf is one of the most intelligent, insightful and focused men I have ever had the privilege of calling a friend and colleague in life and ministry. Few are as qualified and experienced to address this topic with such credibility and passion. Sam does a great job laying out the problem between parachurch and local church and the tensions that seem to exist between the two, and he has given clear, proven examples and methods that could go a long way toward solving these tensions. He speaks with forward-looking clarity, courage and resolve, making many sobering observations about the gravity of the situation in Western culture and how the church continues to loose relevancy and respect. Apostolic ministries desperately need the local church, and the local church desperately needs apostolic ministries. I just hope those reading this insightful and important book will respond like Jonah's audience more than Noah's!"--Pete McKenzie, The Influencers Ministry to Men, Irvine, CA"