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Mission Drift: The Unspoken Crisis Facing Leaders, Charities, and Churches Hardcover – February 18, 2014

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From the Back Cover

Is your organization in danger of Mission Drift?

Without careful attention, faith-based organizations drift from their founding mission.

It's that simple. It will happen.

Slowly, silently, and with little fanfare, organizations routinely drift from their purpose, and many never return to their original intent. Harvard and the YMCA are among those that no longer embrace the Christian principles on which they were founded. But they didn't drift off course overnight. Drift often happens in small and subtle ways. Left unchecked, it eventually becomes significant.

Yet Mission Drift is not inevitable. Organizations such as Compassion International and InterVarsity have exhibited intentional, long-term commitment to Christ.

Why do so many organizations--including churches--wander from their mission, while others remain Mission True? Can drift be prevented? In Mission Drift, HOPE International executives Peter Greer and Chris Horst tackle these questions. They show how to determine whether your organization is in danger of drift, and they share the results of their research into Mission True and Mission Untrue organizations. Even if your organization is Mission True now, it's wise to look for ways to inoculate yourself against drift. You'll discover what you can do to prevent drift or get back on track and how to protect what matters most.

"No organization is exempt from the danger of drifting away from its original mission. In Mission Drift, Peter and Chris provide solid guidance for remaining laser-focused on core values--from the board level to daily organizational culture. This book is a timely message for any organization working hard to remain Mission True." --Wess Stafford, president-emeritus, Compassion International

"Peter Greer and Chris Horst have identified one of the deepest challenges any leader faces: how to ensure that an organization stays true to its mission, especially when that mission becomes countercultural." --Andy Crouch, executive editor, Christianity Today

"Essential reading for twenty-first-century believers if we are to gain new vision, unity, and strength. Mission Drift is spine straightening, mind clearing, and courage inspiring. This book is true-north wisdom for leaders--and a gift of hope for the world God loves." --Kelly Monroe Kullberg, founder, The Veritas Forum and author, Finding God Beyond Harvard

"Many of us in leadership have learned--often painfully--that our mission needs to be built into every aspect of our organization, from leadership to receptionist, from hiring to implementation. We can't afford not to follow the lessons in this valuable book." --Richard Stearns, president, World Vision U.S. and author, The Hole in Our Gospel and Unfinished: Believing Is Only the Beginning

"Keeping an eternal perspective is essential in our work. Mission Drift gives a clear message inspiring and challenging us to intentionally keep Christ at the center of all efforts. As Paul commands us, 'Whatever you do, whether in word or deed, do it all in the name of the Lord Jesus.'" --David Green, founder and CEO, Hobby Lobby Stores, Inc.

"Written with clarity, boldness, and urgency, the authors provide insight into and examples of the causes and solutions to drift using the stories of real organizations...A must-read! Recommend this book to every business and church leader." --CBA Retailers+Resources

"From hiring practices to boardroom qualifications, and from measurement modalities to fundraising, the book outlines the common pitfalls to be avoided and the procedures to put into place to establish and protect an organization's original mission. It's a must-read for leaders, easy to read, practical, engaging and inspirational. The principals outlined not only apply to major corporations, but also to any organization, church and even to one's own personal life.

Mission Drift needs to go to the top of every pastor and leader's stack of things to read. It will be well worth the effort and time, and you will find yourself wanting to begin implementing what you've learned to safeguard your organization from drifting away from its mission." --Foursquare.org

About the Author

Peter Greer is president and CEO of HOPE International, a global nonprofit focused on addressing both physical and spiritual poverty through microfinance. He has a master's degree in public policy from Harvard's Kennedy School. Peter coauthored The Poor Will Be Glad and The Spiritual Danger of Doing Good, speaks at conferences, including Catalyst and Passion, and has been featured by media outlets such as CNN, Christianity Today, and World. Peter lives in Lancaster, Pennsylvania, with his wife, Laurel, and three children. Learn more at www.peterkgreer.com.

Chris Horst is the director of development at HOPE International, where he works and writes at the intersection of entrepreneurship, work, and the Gospel. Chris has been published regularly in Christianity Today and has a forthcoming book on entrepreneurship and human flourishing. He serves on the boards of the Denver Institute for Faith & Work and the Colorado Microfinance Alliance. Chris graduated from Taylor University with a business degree and has his MBA from Bakke Graduate University. He lives in Denver, Colorado, with his wife, Alli, and son, Desmond. Chris blogs at www.smorgasblurb.com.

Anna Haggard is the executive writing assistant at HOPE International, where she collaborates with the president and CEO and the marketing department to share HOPE's message through print and social media and coauthored The Spiritual Danger of Doing Good. Anna is a graduate of Asbury University and lives in Lancaster, Pennsylvania.
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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 224 pages
  • Publisher: Bethany House Publishers (February 18, 2014)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0764211013
  • ISBN-13: 978-0764211010
  • Product Dimensions: 0.8 x 5.8 x 8.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.1 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (108 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #312,255 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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A little more than a decade ago, I devoted two columns in WORLD magazine to an exploration of why "institutions and organizations of all kinds regularly drift from the right to the left, from orthodoxy to heterodoxy, from faithfulness to unfaithfulness, from discipline to permissiveness" ([...]).

Not then, and not even now, do I pretend to have all the answers to that question. But I am enormously grateful to Peter Greer and Chris Horst for picking up that theme and pressing it so energetically into the consciousness of those responsible for maintaining the mission of hundreds of evan¬gelical non-profit entities. Their new book, Mission Drift, is specific, it is accurate, it is charitable and kind-spirited, and it is ultimately helpful to anyone who will take a couple of hours to digest it. This should be high priority reading for organiza¬tional board members, administrators, and mid-level managers throughout God's kingdom.

JOEL BELZ
Founder, World News Group (publisher of World Magazine)

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As a board member of a local Christian non-profit, I was amazed at how spot-on the challenges outlined in this book are when it comes to keeping an organization on mission. It's a sobering call to action for leaders of any business or group, but certainly valuable for non-profit staff & board members. This book has changed the way I think about my role as a donor and board member and it should be read by every person with a desire to see the organizations they love most stay mission true.
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I've spent a lifetime exposed to faith-based non-profit work and have seen myself that good intentions are inadequate when it comes to staying mission true. The litter of drifted individuals and organizations
are more the norm than the exception. This book exposes causes and cures and is a must read for anyone who admits to this potential drift in themselves and their organization and desires to do something concrete about it. By the end of my reading I had accumulated a sizable list of people who I knew HAD to read it.
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This book has been a helpful guide to rethinking the purpose and motivation behind my choices as they relate to board development, local ministry partnerships, and assessing opportunities as they come my way. Recognizing that mission drift is not just an organizational threat but also an individual one has made me seriously consider who is holding me accountable to my convictions and to my calling both personally and professionally.
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As with all things important in life, actions speak louder than words. A clearly articulated, beautifully crafted, well-meaning mission statement rings hollow without daily intentional actions lead to mission drift and ineffective results. Peter and Chris, through countless examples and personal transparency, illustrate just how important a vibrant corporate culture to keeping mission on point and front and center. A must read for all leaders, Christian or secular, nonprofit or for-profit! Thank you Peter and Chris for staying true to your mission and being a North Star for all of us who care deeply about mission and impact.
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This book will encourage you to stay true to you mission no matter what. May your faith-based organization remain Mission True. I am so thankful for the great work of Peter and Chris in and through HOPE International. They uniquely and compellingly embody the message of this book.
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There is a crisis that faces every church and every charity. Peter Greer and Christ Horst address this crisis in their book, Mission Drift. The authors present the purpose of the book in advance:

To name and illustrate the causes of Mission Drift.
To help clarify the mission of a given organization.
To equip organizations with safeguards to reinforce and protect them.
To bolster their claim, Greer and Horst advance several principle-centered propositions that serve leaders who cast vision, guard the values, and carry out their respective mission:

Mission Drift is a crisis facing all faith-based organizations

Mission Drift is pervasive, but it is not inevitable

Mission True organizations believe the Gospel is their most precious asset

Mission True organizations make hard decisions to protect and propel their mission

Mission True leaders assume they will face drift and build safeguards against it

Mission True board members have clarity about their mission

Mission True leaders set the cultural tone for the organization

These are just a few of the propositions that the authors include. The book contains a wealth of information that is based on solid research that is recent and relevant. The authors provide several examples of organizations who maintain their mission as well as one's who drift. The conclusion is that Mission True leaders stand "unwaveeringly upon the Truth of the Gospel." These leaders are unwilling to compromise. These leaders refuse to capitulate. Mission True leaders have what it takes to carry out the mission that God has placed before them. Mission Drift is simply not an option!
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