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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 theIs 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....

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Mission Drift: The Unspoken Crisis Facing Leaders, Charities, and Churches Reviews

  • Carol R.
    2019-04-07 12:40

    If you lead a church or organization or business, or if you simply want a life that is lived on purpose, get Mission Drift. Savor it and learn from it. Only diligence keeps us on mission.Greer and Horst's book, which they provided for me to read and review, contains stories of organizations that have so departed from their original stated mission that they've changed their names to reflect their new identity. They interview leaders of Mission True organizations to plum their wisdom on what keeps their organization on track for the long haul. They share their own stories from Hope International on how tempting the small steps can be that ultimately pull you away from mission. You'll find key questions you, as a donor, can ask nonprofits to ensure the organization is staying Mission True before (and after) they get your money.To be Mission True takes vigilance. It's not always simple. Sometimes it means turning down the easy answer now to enable your future ministry. People may not understand. But Mission Drift—through targeted examples, a smattering of statistics and true wisdom—gives you reason to care and to make the hard choices to stay Mission True.

  • Brad
    2019-03-21 14:35

    A must read for anyone leading a mission-driven organization--not-for-profit or otherwise. It has strong warnings--with well known examples--regarding the great tendency for organizations to drift from their strong founding principles. But also some very practical areas of focus to help ensure that does not happen.

  • David
    2019-03-29 18:57

    We've all done it - you start out burning some scrap wood and wind up with a bonfire. You planned to share a link, and wrote a lengthy post about it. You started cleaning the living room and wound up redecorating. We see it all the time, charities, even businesses, compassion, passion and innovation, that end up cold and heartless bureaucracies. We observe that some "Churches and denominations abandon the truth of the Gospel as they age ... have lost their saltiness. They have forgotten why they exist and have moved away from a core commitment to the Gospel. Today, they resemble little more than a country club without a golf course. And so their light dims and pews sit empty" (p 78). Sam Walton's vision for Wal-Mart was not only about making money, but "saving people money so they can live better" and making employees partners sharing in the company's success, but succeeding generations have changed the focus from benefiting employees and customers to solely focus on profit. Mission Drift is everywhere.Mission Drift: The Unspoken Crisis Facing Leaders, Charities, and ChurchesGreer and Horst are President/CEO and director of development at HOPE International. Mission Drift came out of an experience they had with a wealthy donor offering to give them substantial funding provided they would tone down their organisation's Christian identity. Realising that this threat to staying "Mission True," as the authors phrase it, was not unique to them, they undertook a study of organisations that had drifted and had stayed Mission True to examine the causes of drift and what might be done to prevent it.Using examples from the past, such as Harvard and Yale, the former dedicated to the mission of training preachers, and the latter founded just 65 years later by a group of pastors "concerned by the secularization at Harvard" (p 18) and hoping to avoid the drift they saw there. Obviously neither university bears little resemblance to their original mission. They also examine YMCA and Christian Children's fund, now entirely removed from their originally gospel centred missions, and now just called The Y and ChildFund, amongst other examples of organisations who have forgotten their original reason for existence. In contrast to these they use examples such as Apple, Compassion, Quaker Oats, International Justice Mission, InterVarsity and Southwest Airlines. But don't mistake Mission Drift as "an exposé of organisations that have drifted," as the authors have "intentionally chose[n] organisations that have publicly and widely communicated their own drift" (p 31). Greer and Horst desire to equip, encourage and build up, not tear down, even if, as they admit, it can be a tough and painful process for an organisation to take steps "to protect and reinforce their mission" (p 31).Throughout the book, Greer and Horst identify and outline sources of, risks for and signs of Mission Drift, and offer strategies and example practices of how to guard against and steer away from it. They identify two kinds of drift - that which happens under current management, and that which happens after the current leaders are no longer around to keep an organisation on mission. The key seems to be deliberate planning against Mission Drift, from intentional definition of the mission and identity of an organisation (particularly when faith and evangelism are key parts of the mission), to concrete practices and metrics for evaluation of how the organisation is measuring up to them. Such practices cover a wide range from those that ensure the organisation is actually achieving the mission (eg not just measuring support given to those in poverty, but how effective it is in releasing them from poverty) to strategies to imbue the organisation with a culture, not just in the 'now' but that will be propagated to future generations of organisational leaders and workers.If you're a manager or involved with an organisation (or ministry, business), Mission Drift provides a detailed discussion on effective hiring, communication, branding and building procedures, the importance of changing with the times, yet without changing identity, and the organisational culture that is more important than the rules, to ensure that your organisation stays Mission True. Their emphasis is towards faith-based organisations, whose Christian identity and distinctiveness they show is vital to the work that they do, with definite advantages and strengths over their secular counterparts. However, their guidance is equally applicable to secular organisations, churches and individuals. They point out that "too often, institutional drift is fundamentally unintended, the result not of sober and faithful choices in response to wider changes, but simply unchosen, unreflective assimilation" (p 13) to outside influences and culture, and this is why purposeful measures are needed to prevent a passive inadvertent Mission Drift.There are helpful summaries at the end of each chapter, review questions, notes on the methodology they used in their study, a good list of further reading, and thorough endnotes sourcing ideas and quotes.One aspect that stood out to me, as particularly relevant to us who are not leading or involved with organisations, was the importance of board members (as opposed to the day-to-day leadership), and donors in keeping an organisation on track with their mission. We as supporters of various stores, charities and other organisations play a big part in the path they take - no more money = no more organisation. Greer and Horst point out that not only do small donors like you and I generally provide the lion's portion of funds (so it's not as necessary to change under pressure to gain funds from big donors and government grants as it may seem), but we can play a critical role in monitoring and speaking up if we see organisations we support straying from their purpose and character. We also have the responsibility to make sure we're supporting organisations we actually agree with - those with values and methods line up with ours.This book would not have been at the top of (or possibly even on) my reading list, had it not very been kindly sent to me for review by the publisher (via LibraryThing) prior to its release date (giving me something of a deadline) but I am glad that it was. Even though the book is written "to and for evangelical nonprofit leaders," I think it can be profitable to individuals and anyone involved in almost any organisation or endeavour. I found myself examining my own life, as a Christian living 'on mission,' as a husband and father - even to my blog, to see where I might be less than Mission True. I am tempted to chase more followers and write catering to that growing audience, and to use the blog as a platform to preach, forgetting that my 'mission' is simply to get back into writing, and to write about things I find interesting and care about, particularly reviewing books. Mission Drift has shown me that I needed to remain true to my mission, not to be pressured to make lots of posts and engage in strategies to draw reads, to keep it fun rather than a

  • Travis Heystek
    2019-04-01 18:56

    This book was a great read. I highly recommend it to any church leaders or faith based organization leaders. Even if your church is on mission I believe this book does a great job helping you look beyond what you’ve already considered. In a world where are values are often questioned and scrutinized it is difficult to remain steadfast. Many small compromises, although they don’t change the message, lead to drift. I enjoyed reading this book and I believe it would be eye opening to many church boards and pastors.

  • Mike
    2019-04-10 17:45

    Solid. A bit redundant though in the writing.

  • Jeff
    2019-03-20 13:35

    A very good read for anybody who works with a faith based charity.

  • Jeff
    2019-03-31 12:39

    Good Read for Non Profit LeadersAs a founder of a non-profit (20 years ago) this book couldn’t have come into view at a better time.

  • Tim Hoiland
    2019-04-15 13:49

    Across the street from our house stands a big building, and on that big building is emblazoned a single letter: Y.I thought about that building and that big solitary letter quite a bit as I read Mission Drift: The Unspoken Crisis Facing Leaders, Charities, and Churches, the new book from Peter Greer and Chris Horst of HOPE International, two leaders I’m grateful to also consider friends. Greer is the co-author of The Poor Will Be Glad, an introduction to microfinance, as well as The Spiritual Danger of Doing Good, which I reviewed last fall.The book addresses a troubling trajectory that faith-based organizations all too often take, slowly but surely drifting away from the mission, vision, and values of their founders. It doesn’t happen overnight, and it’s rarely the result of a concerted attempt by militant secularists to eradicate any and all religious influences, but its effects are real and sobering nonetheless. “The pressures of Mission Drift are guaranteed,” they write, citing financial, social, and other pressures. “It is the default, the auto-fill. It will happen unless we are focused and actively preventing it.”The Y—formerly the Young Men’s Christian Association, or YMCA for short—serves a poignant case in point. For all the good that local Ys continue to offer families and communities, it may come as a surprise to some of us that before being known for treadmills and Zumba classes, as local Ys now are, the YMCA offered Bible studies as part of its stated objective to facilitate “Christian discipleship developed through a program of religious, educational, social and physical activities.”Greer and Horst write with humility and grace, well aware that mission drift can happen to any organization, and that even their own is not exempt. They don’t evaluate current faith-based organizations on their varying degrees of mission drift (or at least not by name), which is to say they are careful not to name and shame other organizations. I really appreciate that. But helpfully, they do name what they consider to be the causes of mission drift, and they examine by way of case study a number of organizations—Harvard, Yale, and ChildFund to name just three—which have drifted over time and whose leaders have publicly acknowledged (without apology, it seems) the departure from their respective institutions’ faith-based roots.To an intended audience of Christian leaders, donors, and board members, Greer and Horst write, “We want to help you clarify the missions of the organizations you most love. And we want to equip you with the safeguards to reinforce and protect them.”Leaders of faith-based organizations will find this book to be a helpful tool as they seek to protect and advance the mission they are entrusted to serve. Those who serve on boards of directors will find in these pages good questions to ask about the overall direction their organizations may be heading, and to safeguard against drift. And those of us who lend our voices and resources to organizations on the basis of their compellingly articulated way of serving the common good will find a reliable set of criteria for evaluating which organizations are truly worthy of our continued support.As Greer and Horst remind us, the temptation to mission drift is inevitable, but giving into the pressure is not. For a variety of stakeholders who together want to see good organizations stay the course, Mission Drift is an invaluable resource and I commend it highly.- See more at:

  • Peter Krol
    2019-04-07 14:56

    A good, quick read. The material was foundational and of utmost importance, yet it rarely moved past the rudimentary. That's okay, because the rudiments are what we often forget most quickly.

  • Sarah
    2019-03-24 15:45

    Why do so many Christian organizations become secular within a generation or two? How does one build a focused ministry that doesn't change its core purpose? Peter Greer and Christ Horst provide some excellent answers in Mission Drift: The Unspoken Crisis Facing Leaders, Charities, and Churches. They have examined and analyzed various ministries, some that have stayed focused on their Gospel focused mission, and some that drifted away from that focus have become secular in focus, not spiritual.The authors make the interesting observation that "It is often Christians who seem most likely to be the biggest critics of bold Christian distinctiveness". They quote the Christian Founder of Quaker Oats speaking of people "who are much interested in the loaves and fishes, but not at all in the faith." They bring up organizations that were Christian at first, but now only help with material needs alone. Greer and Horst also make the case that meeting material needs is not the most important thing, rather, giving out the Gospel is the most important. Helping with people's physical needs does not save them for eternity, it only gives them comfort temporally. Helping with a person's spiritual need of the Gospel helps them have a right focus here on earth whether or not they are comfortable, and has them looking for the Kingdom that will never end. They warn that Mission Drift is inevitable unless it is actively fought against. "Never underestimate currents and winds - pay attention to them" is one of their warnings. Too many people think that they will be unaffected by physiological changes in society, moral trends and the like, and so don't consider them as threats. But sooner or later, the Christian ministry that is not anchored down with core principles, beliefs and practices will drift along with the stream of popular thought. Many organizations that were Christian at first became functionally secular/atheistic over time. They also address the fear that if a ministry/organization doesn't compromise its core beliefs at any point, it might collapse. The book has the excellent statement, "…how much better to collapse in allegiance than to survive by compromising what matters most?" I think that this is an excellent book and would recommend it to any Christian 'organization'.There are things that I do not agree with, but the only one I find worth mentioning is that the authors seem too ecumenical as they seem to consider Catholicism to be a correct presentation of the Gospel, and an accurate 'version' of Christianity. But I think that it is only implied, not explicitly stated.Many thanks to Bethany House Publishers for sending me a free review copy of this book(My review did not have to be favorable)!

  • Scott
    2019-03-24 18:56

    It's discouraging to hear when "Christian" organizations choose to water down their theology, place a heavier focus on cultural relevance, or give up their Christian values altogether for the sake of what is ultimately their bottom line. ChildFund (Christian Children's Fund), The Y (Young Men's Christian Association), and Harvard University are three prominent examples discussed in this book that started off with the explicit purpose of reaching others with the Gospel.While society will continue to pressure Christian organizations into a "conform or die" situation, and many organizations will eventually cave in, Greer shares that this "mission drift" doesn't have to be inevitable. Greer/Horst states that if organizations do the hard work of establishing and constantly promoting a strong, biblically-based immutable vision statement, bring on the right leaders, and make the hard decisions to protect and safeguard their mission, such organizations can not only weather the storms of changing culture, but even thrive.There's a lot of great insight into developing "mission true" organizations, but Greer/Horst try to limit the number of lists, bullet points, and do's/don'ts, instead sharing the successes, or failures of faith-based organizations. As every organization's values and subsequent challenges are unique, Greer/Horst intentionally structure the book in this way to make leaders think of how tailor the book's major points to their own organizations. On one hand, the case studies can lead to invaluable advice that can literally save an organization from disaster. On the other hand, this advice isn't always obvious and will require much thought.Perhaps this is beyond the scope of the book, but I came away still uncertain about where one can draw the line in regards to "mission drift". While the examples discussed in this book are obvious, the term "mission drift" has been thrown around lately in regards to the (over)emphasis of cultural issues within the church. To what extent should current social issues be discussed from the pulpit or through the church or organization's activities? A prominent pastor was recently criticized of "mission drift" by another pastor (both of whom I respect deeply) for discussing the Black Lives Matter movement from the pulpit. And yet a certain Christian organization who prominently promoted the movement during a recent national conference is praised repeatedly in this book for being "mission true". Perhaps such a line is hard to draw, and perhaps this book was written primarily for organizations headed completely off the edge.

  • Edythe Hamilton
    2019-04-02 15:53

    Mission Drifting-Who Knew?Mission Drift begins with the mission history of two infamous universities, Harvard (1636) and Yale (1701). Their original mission foundation was based on Christianity. They soon drifted from their primary mission of Christianity to secularization. This informational book is not afraid to name names of such Mission Drifters.In Chapter 4, there is discussion on the challenges Dr. Albert Mohler faced when he was elected president of Southern Baptist Theological Seminary. Before his appointment, the staff openly questioned the resurrection of Christ, his birth of the Virgin Mary, and did not believe in the Holy Trinity. And so it began, either you believe or you don’t. As a staffed employee, if you were a non-believer, you were dismissed. I believe Dr. Mohler’s actions were justified. How can one teach at a Christian Seminary and not believe in Jesus Christ? In addition to discussions in this chapter, there is a Mission Drift Survey to determine if your organization has fallen off the path in regards to their mission. The grid is sectioned into three parts: Mission True, Mission Drift, and Mission Untrue. It is a guide to help your organization redirect to its initial mission.Further information included is hiring of board members and staff, and the acceptance of donor contributions. The board and staff members beliefs should match that of the organization they are considering employment. It is communicated how many donors try to convince Christian organizations to tone down the Christianity upon which it is based, in exchange for contributions.This book has high-quality information for Christian organizations seeking to safeguard their original mission. It gives examples of faith-based organizations that drifted and never returned. I recommend this book to faith-based organizations and companies to be used as a reference guide. It could be distributed to board members and staffers as a gifting opportunity as well.I will end with my favorite quote from the book, Mr. David Wills, president of National Christians Foundation stated,“Crystal clear vision is the starting point for avoiding Mission Drift….If you don’t knowwhere you are going, any road will get youthere.”I received this book free from Bethany House Publishers for an unbiased and honest review.

  • Clinton Sites
    2019-04-18 15:46

    "Mission Drift: The Unspoken Crisis" should be on every church's to-read and review list. In fact, I would recommend it to any business of any size or mission (for-profit or non-profit). From the publishers introduction:"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."And yes - this book is directed to Christian organizations (with a very short blurb about Catholic Institutions) that serve people. The authors skewer both major organizations that people associate with Christian beginnings (think of the "YMCA" or "Christian Children's Fund") and educational institutions (think Harvard or Yale). Even so - there are lessons to be learned by major corporations.There are many reasons that a Christian organization experiences "mission drift" and the authors enumerate them quite well - and even agree that on the surface many of these reasons appear reasonable and right - to enable the organization to continue it's good works. But as they explain during the analysis of organizations that have drifted and the reasons for that drift, these reasonable accommodations are not fully compared to the original mission. In some cases the mission statement as prepared by the organization is not what the reality of the organization is compared to.To give one example (a small spoiler) - what if a donor to the organization offers a large sum of money with the request to tone-down the "Jesus rhetoric" (or in non-profit terms - we can make a large sum of cash by ignoring our normal risk metrics). Is it in the best interest of the people that the Christian Organization serves to accept the donation, or to deny it? In terms of Mission Drift - "Run". If you want to stay true - you have to measure against the original mission and not be swayed each and every time.There are chapters about the assets of the organization and how to protect them (spiritual that is), how to find leaders for the organization, how to stay true to the mission and appendices to help organizations to "Stay True".

  • Nikole Hahn
    2019-04-19 12:45

    The threat of “terrorist activities or violence of any kind” took a back seat to the threat of the Gospel. Our culture is growing in its suspicion of anything faith-based–enough to rank “exposure” to the Good News as more dangerous than terrorism. - Mission Drift, 51% through book, in reference to a foundation who invited the author to apply for funding.Mission Drift: The Unspoken Crisis Facing Leaders, Charities, and Churches by Peter Greer and Chris Horst is a book every Christian person and organization needs to read. We are all in danger of drifting from our mission whether through receiving funding from others who don’t share our beliefs, hiring people that don’t carry our vision, or on a more personal level, leaving our missional purpose slowly through every bad decision. Another drift mentioned were examples of leadership bending to the monster of political correctness when wealthy donors would ask a company to compromise just a little or allot on their Christian message.Examples of companies who fell under the scrutiny of non-believers and have wandered far from their original message were mentioned in this book as well as examples of companies that have stayed Christian-strong for generations. I found it encouraging to read this book. For businesses who wish to leave behind a legacy, Mission Drift should be mandatory reading. It gives instructions by example how not to drift. At the time I was reading about WorldVision, they were in the news for compromising on their strong Christian beliefs. Mission Drift spoke about how WorldVision never wandered from its principles. The current news compared to when Mission Drift wrote about WorldVision tells me how easy it is to drift, even for a moment, in the face of public pressure. A believer in Christ must stay strong in the face of ridicule. It’s so rare to hear about people or companies standing for something. Those are usually accused of being judgmental or cold, even non-Christian, by some of our own Christians.The stories of companies that, even today, stand for their Christian values urge me to stand firmer in mine. I gave this book four stars. Book given by publisher to review.

  • Iain Hamill
    2019-03-25 12:30

    Found it slightly repetitive (tendency of many American books?!) but otherwise helpful. Was very pleased with the genuine faith element that ran through the book. I was cynically expecting less rigour!

  • Heath Henwood
    2019-03-25 19:46

    Greer & Horst identify the great challenge of any leader - ensuring the organisation stays true to its mission, particularly applied to the setting of churches in the modern society.Writing from their own experiences and challenges in running a mission organisation, and the temptations to modify their mission for significant financial support.They supplement with stories from organisations that have changed their purpose and mission over time.They provide strategies to avoid mission drift, and to keep the organisation focussed on its true mission.Substantial time is spent on leadership and governance of organisations, particularly on the integrity of the individuals and groups involved in setting and running the strategic direction of the organisation.A particularly good book for senior leaders and those in governance to ensure that they recognise the signs leading to drifting from purpose and how to rectify issues.

  • Jim
    2019-04-08 15:36

    i'm only a quarter through this book and it is already one i know i'll be rereading and giving as a gift.really simple, obvious advice that is so easy to forget. read your mission statement. are you working towards and w/it? have you gone away from what your priorities were, why you founded the organization? are you where you were meant to be?great book for leaders in non-profit and faith based organizatons.full disclosure, i did win this book which is too bad, i would never have noticed it on the shelves or in a catalog. not my kind of book, doesn't apply to me, i'll never be a manager, but what a gift to give one. even to give to a pastor. and the lower level workers could be helped by reading it, being reminded of what the company/organization is focused on and toward.

  • Chuck
    2019-04-10 19:46

    I would highly recommend this book to anyone who cares about mission. As a member of a board, this was incredibly insightful and it will, no doubt, stimulate great discussions. I suspect it will also bring some new proposals.As a preacher, I intend to modify the questions slightly to fit our situation. I believe our staff and elders need to look at this carefully. Right now--we are mission-focused. I don't want us to lose that, so I believe this can really help.**Reread the book recently. Reminded how significant this issue is. We used it as part of a non-profit board discussion which was really helpful in our clarifying our mission and some threats to our direction. It also led to some decisions about how to proceed into the future with some strengthened resolve and methods for protecting the organization.

  • Liz Cleland
    2019-04-13 11:34

    Mission Drift: The Unspoken Crisis Facing Leaders, Charities, and Churches this was a social read. I have a big belief in Charities but to often I find they have strayed from their mission statements. In fact a Pastor I once spoke with stated that some people "in need" have so many holes in their bucket it is really not beneficial to continue to help them. I have always been a big giver and have a hard time with this statement because to me anyone in need should get what they need. Peter and Chris, through personal transparency illustrate just how important it is to keeping mission on point. To help organize and provide examples to keep our actions in line with our words. Great read if you are into Charity or Church related fields.

  • Robert
    2019-04-17 16:42

    The central thesis of the book is that organizations should define their mission, and consider all goals in light of that mission. That's not really a hard concept to get one's head around, and that shows in the book - it's mostly short tips for making that happen, and case studies showing positives (organizations that did it well) and negatives (organizations that "drifted").Definitely worth reading for anybody who's leading a faith-based organization.

  • Joseph Sunde
    2019-04-15 12:54

    Mission Drift comes as a helpful and timely reminder that when boots hit the ground, hands get dirty, and donors, customers, and congregants get picky and particular, it can be far too easy to neglect or forget both the origin and end of our efforts. I’m thankful for the wisdom and empowerment this book provides in mitigating that risk, and I highly recommend it.My full review is here:

  • Alfred E. Lopus
    2019-03-25 13:37

    An important book for any Christian organizationA very thoughtful book about what keeps a Christian ministry centered. Great case studies of organization's that have remained true to the Gospel and their original purpose vs. those that have drifted into secular approaches. I highly recommend for any board member or senior leader in the Christian non-profile world.

  • Daniel
    2019-03-31 19:42

    Proud of my friend Chris Horst for writing his first book on the tremendous challenges facing mission-driven organizations to stay true to their founding principles. Chris and Peter have written a clarion call for churches, donors, and staffers to recommit themselves to stopping mission drift by embracing the values and visions of their organizational founders.

  • Douglas Wilson
    2019-04-09 15:43

    A good rehearsal of the basic principles necessary to keep organizations from going the way of all flesh. The New St. Andrews board reads a book together in between each of our quarterly board meetings, and this was the one on tap. It contained some really good ideas. A great read if you serve on any boards at all.

  • Seth
    2019-03-30 18:45

    Theme and ideas in this book were important to keep at the top of priorities, but practical suggestions for doing so were limited. Worth a quick read.I liked how "mission true" cultures were defined as having given priorities:1. Small things matter.2. Consistency counts.3. Exemplars are celebrated.4. Spiritual disciplines are embedded in the culture/

  • Jamie Pennington
    2019-04-08 15:48

    An amazing book which really caused me to wonder and question about the organization I am a part of. Are we mission loyal. I fear we are probably somewhere in between. Not loyal but not yet completely abandoning our mission either. A must read for anyone working in the ministry and in particular para-church ministries. A very good book.

  • Rob Petersen
    2019-04-07 13:53

    This book is a great reminder of any Christian organization's need to make its mission a priority. Filled with both good and bad examples, along with timeless principles, Mission Drift shows the reader the important factors that determine whether or not an organization stays "mission true," experiences drift, or becomes "mission untrue." I highly recommend this book to all Christian leaders.

  • Ed
    2019-03-19 13:31

    If you lead or help lead a business this book tackles a helpful idea. But if you lead or help lead a nonprofit, ministry, or church this is an essential idea to have a firm grasp of. Mission drift is very real & must be guarded against. Choosing between good & best is always tricky, but these precepts can help create a culture that is mission true.

  • Darren
    2019-04-18 12:38

    Very good insight on why it's important to stick to your original vision. A must-read for churches, non-profits or anyone who wants to continue to remain focused on Christ. I gave 4 stars because the book had a lot of good stories and principles but was repetitive.

  • Jerry
    2019-04-06 13:55

    Why do some organizations stay true to their original mission and others morph into something their founders would abhor? This book is about building succession into your organization, a top priority for every church that wants to stay faithful.