Although it is commonplace today for Christians to create organizations that tackle social problems, that approach was an innovation in the American Protestant church, says one of the nation’s top church historians.
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Gloria Scott waves the keys to her new Mercury Sable after receiving the car from Wheels4Hope. Photo by Alex Maness
Wheels4Hope repairs donated cars and places them with people who need basic transportation. Once a small outreach ministry, the nonprofit is now a $1 million-a-year organization with major corporate sponsors.
A university in Ghana equips its students to be innovators in their fields through a dual focus on “hard skills” and liberal arts that foster creativity and civic engagement. Does your institution help employees connect their work to the good of society as a whole?
A map of Seagrove, N.C., shows that it is a thriving community whose potters are bound together by traditioned innovation, the desire to work together and a love of their craft. Do our institutions need maps that show the relationships, ideas and priorities that define us?
Rather than avoiding it, how might your institution encourage and embrace moments of failure?
Leadership Education at Duke Divinity teaches a way of thinking that holds the past and future in tension, not in opposition.
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