I’m posting on A Life Overseas today on the topic of Mission Drift. This discussion is based on the fantastic book, Mission Drift: The Unspoken Crisis Facing Leaders, Charities, and Churches, by Peter Greer which I highly recommend.

Peter Greer is the president of HOPE International, a global faith-based microfinance organization based in Lancaster, Pennsylvania. He recently spoke at the Catalyst Conference I attended.

Over at A Life Overseas, I recount what Missions Drift is as well as some qualities of a Mission True organization from the book.

I encourage you to go take a look. This post is best read second, after the A Life Overseas post.

Here we are going to go a bit deeper and look at avoiding this inevitable slide.


7 Steps to Prevent Mission Drift:

1. Believe the Gospel Matters.
Compare these two quotes.

Tipping the Scale

October 26, 2014 — 9 Comments

Today is the 3rd Anniversary of NoSuperHeroes. In honor of this, I have re-engineered the first-ever post, editing it and sprucing it up a bit. As you will see, we started with an emphasis on grace and relationship with God. Three years and 324 posts later, this is still the goal. Hope you’ve enjoyed the journey. Please tell others and join the conversation designed to inspire us toward a deeper walk with Jesus!

What is the primary focus in our walk with God?

Is it our sin: knowing what sin is, staying away from it, and trying to pay for it when we fail?

Or, are we focused on Jesus?

In the book of Acts, we see the early church as being focused on Christ in spite of their mistakes and growing pains.

As Christians, our battle against sin can begin to consume us.

I’ve done a lot of reflecting recently on my past years in leadership when I worked with a multi-cultural international team overseeing a missions campus.

I am still haunted by several poor decisions we made.

These are clearly seen in hindsight, but in the midst of busy schedules and deadlines, often go unnoticed until it is too late.

When you are on the outside, it is much easier to work at identifying ungracious culture. We excel at pointing the finger or identifying dysfunction.

But when you are engaged in an organization in the day to day, I’ve found it hard to spot or react to in the moment until you are carried downstream by it, only becoming enlightened in retrospect.

This type of a culture manifests itself in multiple ways:

  • Working around leaders rather than confronting or dealing with issues head on.

Grace is so much more than forgiveness of sins, gaining us the event of salvation. Grace is the day-to-day journey of salvation.

We were united with him in his resurrection. This does defeat “death” in our lives, but so much more; it means life!

Paul in Romans 6 says our bodies are instruments of righteousness or unrighteousness. He asks why righteous instruments would go on playing unrighteous music?

“Verse 13 Do not present your members to sin as instruments for unrighteousness, but present yourselves to God as those who have been brought from death to life, and your members to God as instruments for righteousness.”

So what music is your life playing?

It does not mean it impossible to play unrighteous music as a believer We all know this is not true.

It really is a question of who is now conducting the music. Previously it was sin or ever our own efforts.

Yield to Grace

October 17, 2014

While in the United States recently, I noticed a change in how people drive. Previously, when entering a highway, you would slow down and yield before merging into traffic. This has changed. Now, the one on the freeway must be alert because the cars entering are coming full speed ahead, barging into traffic.

The yield signs are still there. The interpretation of who needs to yield has changed.

Why would cars yield? Drivers were taught to slow down, check for danger, and proceed with caution.

Perhaps in a small way this reflects our cultural shift. We view our ability to change ourselves as the most powerful force. If only we try harder and make better decisions. It is up to us, not the traffic laws whether we yield. This shift carries into our Christian walk as well.

Paul tells us in Romans 6:13 to yield to righteousness, or to grace