Let me recommend a book to all of my readers who are engaged in the work of faith-based organizations.
Trust: The Firm Foundation for Kingdom Fruitfulness by Dan Busby (published by ECFA and available on Amazon) gets my hearty endorsement. Dan is the president of the Evangelical Council for Financial Accountability and knows nonprofits well. He argues that trust changes everything, that when an organization is trusted by people, it will be more fruitful and productive in fulfilling its mission. And trust is not just a perception, for perceptions can be wrong. Trust is based on the read deal, in board governance, resource-raising, and resource management. He cites Peter Drucker who says, “Leadership is an achievement of trust.” Good leaders are trusted. Exceptional organizations are trusted. And both are trusted for the right reasons.
The book offers four sets of chapters – the foundations of trust, the foundations of trusted governance, the foundations of trusted resource-raising, and the foundations of trusted resource management. Twenty-one brief chapters, visually laid out for easy reading, and200 pages in all, makes this a terrific study book for an executive team or a board (yes, a study guide is part of the book).
I like this quote Busby offers from one of my favorite writers, Max De Pree – “When things go awry, trust powers the generators until the problem is fixed.”
There you go. Order a copy, read it, and keep on building a trusted organization!
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