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An Unintentional Drift of Mission

An Interview with Peter Greer and Chris Horst
An Unintentional Drift of Mission

Today we hear from Peter Greer and Chris Horst. Greer is president and CEO of HOPE International. Horst is the vice president of development at HOPE International. Together with the support of Anna Haggard, they coauthored Mission Drift and Entrepreneurship for Human Flourishing. We talked about what it means to stay focused on the mission God has for you and how easy it can be to drift away.

1) As an organization, you faced a crossroads at one point where you were forced to choose between a large donor and your core values. You ultimately chose to reject the funds and stay true to yourmission, but it was not without some serious soul-searching. What ultimately lead to your decision?

Several years ago, a large foundation offered us an ultimatum: We’ll fund you if you tone down the “Christian stuff.”

Cash-strapped, we really wanted to make this work, but this was when we began actively researching "drift." Ultimately, we decided to turn down the funds because ...

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