Can institutions change?  If so, how?

Bob Lupton’s book Toxic Charity is generating discussion within Christian community development circles, churches, charitable organizations.  And in the Salvation Army.

Several months ago Lupton wrote “On Changing an Institution“.  You might find it a helpful accompaniment to Toxic Charity.  I like “it begins with one decisive step in the right direction.”

It’s true.  Usually it all looks just too daunting.  Causing us to never take action.  But if we can figure out one small action, step that will start us moving in the right direction, and then act, we are then closer than we were to the place we believe we ought be.

If they had been thinking of the land that they had left behind, they would have had opportunity to return.   But as it is, they desire a better country, that is a heavenly one.  Therefore God is not ashamed to be called their God; indeed, he has prepared a city for them.  (Hebrews 11:15-16)

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