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For Para-church Leaders; Not so Much for Church and Denominational Leaders
on May 5, 2014
While I agree with their thesis that unguarded faith based organizations tend to drift away from their original mission or purpose, what Greer and Horst write in a two hundred page small font size book could have been written in a five page article. The authors cite many examples where Mission Drift has occurred (Harvard, YMCA) and not occurred (Inter Varsity, Compassion International). They rightly appeal for Mission True organizations that must place and protect the centrality of the Gospel against the influence of culture and compromise. Naturally, as senior leaders in faith based Hope International, Greer and Horst primarily focus on para-church organizations. For those of us in church and denominational ministry, Mission Drift is an equally valid issue. Though the authors offer some assistance to this audience, in my opinion, this is the weakest part of the book (and likely not the primary audience). We desperately need a call for Mission True churches and denominations whose purpose is to participate in Christ’s mission to proclaim the Gospel and make disciples. While the authors offer many take home ideas, there may be too many to realistically implement. Having said that, they do offer many principles for how to keep and maintain the mission with proper safeguards, leadership, board work, hiring, funding, metrics, excellence, values, and organizational culture. "Book has been provided courtesy of Graf-Martin Communications and Bethany House Publishers in exchange for an honest review."