Empower your faith-based organization to live out its sacred mission in every element of its organizational life. 


As a thoughtful leader in a faith-based organization, you want your organization to fully embody its religious freedom by living out its faith-based mission in both its internal operations and in its public engagement. You want to understand the nuances of how to navigate your organization’s faith-based identity in public life, and remain true to its mission.


We want to help you through a three-part program so you can guide your faith-based organization in embodying its sacred mission in all areas of organizational life.

Part One: You will complete a guided one-on-one organizational assessment to measure your organization’s current strengths and areas of growth.

Part Two: We will work with you to create a plan tailored to meet your organization’s needs and areas of growth.

Part Three: We will help you implement the plan through direct action steps, including in-person and online learning sessions, toolboxes, peer engagement with other participants in the Sacred Sector Community and one-on-one collaboration.


What makes Sacred Sector Community different?

You’re looking for comprehensive resources that recognize and address how different areas of your organization  from operations, to communications, to legal frameworks  integrate and how they impact one another.

You’re not alone. We’ve been there. We understand how difficult it can be to connect all the moving parts of a faith-based organization to one another and to their sacred mission.

Sacred Sector Community, through the support of the Templeton Religious Trust, empowers organizations to advance their faith-based missions, fully exercise their ability to live out their faith and increase their impact through a unique learning experience. Sacred Sector is recruiting 25 faith-based nonprofits in the eastern U.S. to join a six-month learning cohort beginning in February of 2018. There is no cost to participate.

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Learn how to apply a three-part framework, referred to as the Three P’s.

This learning community will empower faith-based organizations to live out their sacred missions in everything they do. Using the Three P’s, Sacred Sector Community empowers organizations to integrate and fully embody their sacred mission in every area of their organization, including:

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Engage in

Understand how your faith-based organization can more fully live out its sacred mission by navigating the public policy context in which your organization operates on a local, state and federal level.

Adopt Organizational Best PRACTICES

Gain the knowledge and tools necessary to adopt organizational best practices from human resources, to fundraising, to cultivating a positive culture.  

Develop Strategic

Learn how to communicate strategically and intentionally to diverse communities about how everything your organization does is an expression of its faith-based mission.

Participating organizations will learn to apply this framework in six key areas through Sacred Sector Toolboxes, which offer a deep-dive on topics that include: Religious Staffing, Government Partnerships, Positive Engagement in the Public Square, Nondiscrimination Laws, Advocacy and Lobbying and Family Supportive Policies.


Access to New Tools

Participants in Sacred Sector Community will have direct access to tools from Standards for Excellence®, a national initiative that promotes ethical practices and accountability in nonprofit organizations. The Standards for Excellence code covers the following areas of nonprofit operations: Mission, Strategy and Evaluation; Leadership; Board, Staff and Volunteers; Legal Compliance and Ethics; Finance and Operations; Resource Development; and Public Awareness, Engagement and Advocacy.

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.