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These school children in Honduras are among the 3.5 million people in 55 countries who now have safe water thanks to Water Mission. Photos courtesy of Water Mission

Christian nonprofit builds water systems around the world -- and an effective organization at home

Water Mission had the engineering expertise to become a leader in installing water systems in developing countries around the globe. But just as important, the nonprofit realized, was an active focus on its core values and workplace culture.

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Nathan Kirkpatrick: What difference do you want to make?

Congregations and institutions must name a vision and choose priorities that support it. Otherwise, they risk muddying their missions, weakening their impact, and confusing stakeholders, funders, and staff, writes a managing director at Leadership Education at Duke Divinity.

SIgn announcing times of Sunday Services at The Church of St. Mabena

Many times institutions have traditions -- such as the Sunday service time -- that are preserved without a reason for doing so.
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David L. Odom: History without a reason

Leaders must be able to articulate why an institution does what it does. Is it a matter of history, or is there a reason? writes the executive director of Leadership Education at Duke Divinity.

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