Sacred Sector is a learning community for faith-based organizations and emerging leaders within the faith-based nonprofit sector to integrate and fully embody their sacred mission in every area of organizational life.

”I applied to the Sacred Sector fellowship because I believed this program would bridge together my theological education and my interest in public policy. Thanks to the Sacred Sector Fellowship, I am learning how my faith and theological education can impact public policy, legislation, and my service to my community. I hope to take what I am learning from this experience and use it to help create change in my local community.”
— Dominique, 2018 Fellow

Sacred sector community

As a thoughtful leader in a faith-based organization or church, you want your organization’s operations and services to be consistent with its faith-based mission. Your organization is already committed to serving the community, motivated by its faith-shaped desire for human flourishing. You want to better understand how religious freedom protects your ministry, what internal practices you should adopt, and how to engage public opinion with confidence.

Sacred Sector Community is a six month learning cohort for faith-based organizations to become empowered to live out their sacred missions in everything they do.

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Sacred sector fellowship

As a current or recently-graduated seminarian, you want to engage in innovative work in the faith-based sector and gain organizational leadership skills, but you may not know where to start.

Sacred Sector Fellowship spans ten weeks and prepares seminarians as emerging leaders to pursue their calling in the faith-based nonprofit sector.

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Sacred Sector is an initiative of the Center for Public Justice.

The Center for Public Justice, through the generous support of Templeton Religion Trust, is launching a new initiative to promote excellence within the faith-based community. Sacred Sector is a learning community for faith-based organizations and emerging leaders within the faith-based nonprofit sector to integrate and fully embody their sacred missions in every area of organizational life.

In an increasingly complex and interconnected legal, political, social and economic environment, faith-based organizations and leaders that make up the diverse faith-based sector play a critical role. These leaders make up the “sacred sector” and are looking for comprehensive resources that will equip them to fully live out their sacred mission in every area of their organizational lives.

Sacred Sector is focused on recruiting and accepting top-tier nonprofits and seminarians who successfully complete the application and interview process. Sacred Sector is designed to attract candidates who feel a call to the faith-based nonprofit sector.


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The Center for Public Justice is an independent, nonpartisan organization devoted to policy research and civic education. Working outside the familiar categories of right and left, conservative and liberal, we seek to help citizens and public officeholders respond to God's call to do justice.

Our mission is to equip citizens, develop leaders and shape policy in pursuit of our purpose to serve God, advance justice and transform public life. The Center bases its research, publications, training,and advocacy work on a comprehensive, Christian political foundation. It was established in 1977 by a group of citizens interested in developing and communicating an integrated biblical view of political service and responsible government. Then, as now, the Center recognized the need to build and uphold a just republic and to promote just relations among the nations.

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The Center for Public Justice, through Sacred Sector, is a replication partner of the Standards for Excellence® program. Nonprofit organizations participating in Sacred Sector have the opportunity to access the Standards for Excellence® program for free directly through the Center for Public Justice’s replication partnership.

Standards for Excellence® is a national initiative that promotes ethical practices and accountability in nonprofit organizations. Based on fundamental values of honesty, integrity, fairness, respect, trust, responsibility and accountability, the Standards describe how nonprofits should act to be ethical and accountable in their program operations, governance, human resources, financial management and fundraising. The Standards are based on six guiding principles which are found here. 




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This program was made possible through the support of a grant from Templeton Religion Trust. The opinions expressed in this program are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily reflect the views of Templeton Religion Trust.