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

by Peter Greer, Chris Horst. Bethany House Publishers, 2014.

This research-based book examines the differences between "mission true" organizations that have stayed true to the spiritual commitments of their founders, and "mission untrue," those that have not.


case studies, characteristics of "mission true" organizations

Best For

clergy, lay leaders, and board members


purchase as a book or e-book

Suggested Uses

  • Start a conversation about the direction of the congregation and how to adjust mid-course by discussing this resource at the beginning of a leadership or board meeting.
  • Identify common characteristics between your congregation and "mission-true" organizations. Or, see if there are aspects of your congregation that resemble case studies of "mission untrue" organizations.

About the Contributor

Matt Burke

Matt Burke is the director of the Northeast Center for Congregations in Fort Wayne and serves as the Center’s Education Director statewide. Matt has a background in classroom, digital and experiential education and most recently served as the associate director of Learning Science at Kaplan Test Prep. He is passionate about using education to develop deeper faith in congregational participants.

Matt earned a B.A. in Religion from Mount Vernon Nazarene University and a Masters of Divinity degree from Asbury Theological Seminary. He enjoys spending time with his wife, Kelly, and his two sons, Silas and Levi. Matt also loves storytelling in films, books and music and finding the intersections of faith and popular culture.

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