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

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

Drifting off course is a constant danger in any organization, congregation or non-profit. Internal pressures, like the makeup of the board and changes in leadership, and external pressures, such as funder unease about the mission and societal change, can all cause an organization to lose focus and move off course. This book, also available in e-reader version, addresses this drift in Christian institutions. The authors’ research focuses on case studies of “mission untrue” organizations that have moved away from their founding Christian commitments and those that have, against the odds, remained “mission true” to the spiritual commitments of their founders. Although written for Christian organizations, any congregation will find the stories of “mission true” and “mission untrue” organizations worthwhile. Additionally, each chapter provides a distillation of the research-based characteristics of “mission true” organizations that have held to their core commitments and that can be applied to any organizational context. Each chapter deals with one aspect of mission drift and, individually, would be helpful as conversation starters at leadership or board meetings.