Friday, March 20, 2015

'Mission Drift' Co-Author Speaks, Launches Book in GenSan

Peter Greer, Mission Drift co-author

Peter Greer, co-author of the book Mission Drift:The Unspoken Crisis Facing Leaders, Charities, and Churches  gave a lecture on what it takes to remain true to one's mission, in an event sponsored by the Center for Community Transformation (CCT). 

Greer is  president and CEO of HOPE International, a global nonprofit organization focused on addressing both physical and spiritual poverty through microfinance. HOPE is a ministry partner of CCT. 

The lecture was accompanied by the first international launch of Mission Drift and was attended by nearly a hundred pastors, Christian businessmen and ministry workers from General Santos City and Davao.

In the book, Greer states that,  "without careful attention, faith-based organizations drift from their founding mission."  His talk centered on factors that can help organizations remain 'mission true'. He mentioned Harvard University and YMCA as examples of organizations that have drifted far from their original missions. "There was never one moment, one decision or one person that contributed to the drift. Many factors happening simultaneously contribute to drift," he stressed.

The talk was followed by a short question-and-answer session, lunch, and book signing. 

The lecture and book launch, CCT's first public event in GenSan, was held on March 18, 2015 at the C2.ECA Function Hall, ECA Building, National Highway, General Santos City.  

Left to right:  Jan Ced, GenSan businessman; Nathan de Lyster, executive director of HOPE Hong Kong,
Peter Greer; and Ruth Callanta, president and founder of the Center for Community Transformation. 

Photos:  Mae Bulaquina

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