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Winter 2012

The theme for Winter 2012 is “Emerging Trends.”

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Measuring Outcomes

Evaluation is the key to excellence

To better monitor and create clearer metrics for its mission, American Bible Society in 2006 launched a pioneering research group called Global Scripture Impact. This team of international and domestic researchers - all with ministry experience - evaluate and report on American Bible Society partnership projects around the world. Knowing which initiatives are the most effective - and how to improve less-effective work - helps Amer...

Taking Leadership

CLA president and CEO Tami Heim recently interviewed Jedd Medefind, president of the Christian Alliance for Orphans (cafo.org), which unites more than 120 respected Christian organizations and a national network of churches to ignite and equip Christians to "defend the cause of the fatherless” through adoption, foster care, and global orphan ministry.

Prior to this role, Medefind served in the White House leading the Office of Faith-Based and Community Initiatives. In...

Taking Timothy to Work

Preparing the next generation to lead.

After 40 years in various leadership roles, I’ve come to appreciate the value of taking Timothy to work. I believe that the central truths from Paul’s letter to his protégé Timothy are at the heart of leadership.

Paul had known, worked with, trusted, suffered with, and deeply loved Timothy for over 15 years. It is interesting to note, then, that in two person...

What’s Your Big Problem?

Fundraising in a cause-crazy world.
 

Your donors and prospective donors are immersed in a busy, noisy, crowded, distracted, self-absorbed world. In that environment many leaders wrestle to keep their donors aware of their ministry’s needs.

Declining income is often an early warning of the failure to keep donors’ attention. One solution to the problem is to push harder, talk louder, mail more, blast thos...

A Balancing Act: Weighing operations versus programs.

I understand the struggle to balance ministry operations with ministry programs. Often the scale seems to be tipping to one side. Today, it often seems that operations outweigh programs. However, I propose that this uneven scale need not be a negative.

Perhaps a balanced scale isn’t the ideal, and ministry leaders shouldn’t fear the imbalance. Consider with me how a scale tipped towards operational efficiencies, regulatory compliance, and organizational accountabilit...

Book Discussion: Leading with Honor

Outcomes editor-in-chief W. Scott Brown recently interviewed author Lee Ellis on his new book Leading with Honor: Leadership Lessons from the Hanoi Hilton (FreedomStar Media, 2012).

Ellis’ book was launched in Washington, D.C., where Sen. John McCain (R-Arizona) introduced his friend and fellow former prisoner of war (POW) to an audience that included a number of other former POWs. In this insight-filled book, Ellis, retired Air For...

World View: Perspectives on religious freedom and religious persecution.

As you read this, two-thirds of the world’s population lives under governments that persecute individuals for their faith, with the situation worsening in many countries. Even the United States, long held as a bastion of religious freedom, was recently downgraded for having increased restrictions on religious freedom according to a September 2012 Pew Research Center study, "Rising Tide of Restrictions on Religion.”

Through incremental steps, governments are intr...

An Absence of Shalom: Peaceful investing in a turbulent world.

Few things are more evident in today’s society than an absence of shalom. We see it in the lack of peace throughout the world; we see it in the failure of our marriages; and perhaps most importantly, we see it in a fallen world searching for something — anything — to fill the void inside the hearts of mankind. In our "Post-postmodern” world, the only thing certain is uncertainty. This lack of certainty and clarity can be...

Developing Future Leaders

Why your nonprofit needs a Plan A.
 

Leadership development has been on the front burner of our conversations with nonprofit leaders since at least 2006, when Thomas J. Tierney, co-founder of our organization, the Bridgespan Group, wrote a seminal white paper called "The Nonprofit Leadership Deficit.” The paper warned that the nonprofit sector would need to hire as many as 640,000 new senior managers within a decade...

Digital Philanthropy

Emerging trends in giving.
 

The number of words written since God first placed Adam on earth through 2003 is now re-created every two days. Yes, you read that correctly: every two days.

Today, technology advances provide Christian nonprofits with unprecedented ways to advocate for the causes God has given them. One such advance is in digital philanthropy. Given the integrati...