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Book Review: Mission Drift by Peter Greer & Chris Horst

May 31, 2014

Mission Drift Cover Peter Greer & Chris Horst provide an exceptional review of the important leadership issue of mission  drift and how it happens slowly and unintentionally.

Most encouraging is the authors’ use of both positive and negative examples, demonstrating how  mission draft has happened and how it can be prevented. They do not just look down their noses at  those organizations who have “sold out” (ie drifted from their founding vision) but graciously explain  how the drift happened. Similarly, they look at Christian non-profits that have managed to stay  mission-true and explain how they have done it, the challenges they have faced, and the resulting  respect they have earned from all constituents.

Another strength is the variety of non-profit Christian organizations highlighted, including their areas of personal experience in community development, but also drawing on examples from educational, evangelistic, and other Christian growth ministries. The chapters also provide some clear “checklist-like” things an organization can attend to. Though not easy, examples of various ways these habits can become a part of an organization’s board meetings demonstrate the combination of practicality (ie. realistic) and effectiveness.

This book should be mandatory reading for all non-profit organization’s board members, and part of the welcome and orientation package for prospective new members. I cannot recommend it highly enough!

Note: This book has been provided courtesy of Graf-Martin Communications and Bethany House publishing in exchange for an honest review.

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