Our Mission

Sacred Sector provides a community for diverse faith-based organizations and emerging leaders to advance the common goal of fully incarnating and integrating their sacred missions in the public square: in organizational practices, in public policy engagement and in cultivating positive public positioning.

Religion is a large and important part of the nonprofit sector and has given birth to many other nonprofit institutions: health, education, social services, international assistance, advocacy...Directly and indirectly, religion has been the major formative influence on America’s independent sector.”
— Michael O'Neill, professor emeritus, University of San Francisco

It's time to live out your sacred calling and mission.

There has not been a community for faith-based organizations and emerging leaders of different faiths and mission focus areas to equip, engage and empower each other, until now. Organizations with sacred missions vary greatly in their faith identities and service areas. Yet these organizations all share the common goal of being able to fully incarnate their sacred missions in everything they do. With the support of Templeton Religion Trust, Sacred Sector empowers organizations with diverse sacred missions to come together to fully incarnate their faith-based identities in how they engage in public policy, advance organizational practices, and shape their public positioning.

We believe an innovative approach is vital.

Sacred Sector will help you learn mission-advancement at the intersection of organizational practices, engagement in public policy and the shaping of a positive public perception. The Three P’s framework recognizes that an organization’s public policy engagement, organizational best practices and public positioning are interconnected and vital to fulfilling its sacred mission.

 

PUBLIC POLICY

Organizations with sacred missions need to engage in promoting the structures and systems that enable organizations with varying religious identities (or none) and varying mission-areas to thrive. What public policy structures (laws or regulations) on a local, state or federal level will create an environment where diverse institutions can provide creative and distinctly faith-shaped solutions to our most pressing societal challenges? Faith organizations with sacred missions should become familiar with and advocate for pluralist public policies that create space for organizational diversity and innovative approaches to solving complex community issues so all can flourish.

 

ORGANIZATIONAL PRACTICES

Faith-based organizations should consider how they are stewarding their diverse, sacred missions. Just as government has the responsibility to uphold public policies that allow for diverse faith organizations to flourish, faith organizations themselves also have a responsibility to abide in organizational practices that are consistently and explicitly connected to their sacred missions. Faith organizations ought to steward their freedom to live out their sacred missions in the public square responsibly by making their faith-based practices clear in their organizing documents; in their employment practices; in how they provide services; in the partnerships they form with government, businesses, individuals and other civil society organizations; and in every other aspect of their organizational lives.

 

PUBLIC Positioning

Organizations with sacred missions should consider how to engage creatively to craft a positive public perception of diverse faith-based organizations, including shaping culture. Stories need to be told of distinctive organizations oriented to the sacred that are serving in innovative ways — from Muslim modeling agencies, to Pagan food banks, to Adventist health providers. Faith-based organizations should be fluent in stories of organizations both like and unlike their own. Advocating for space for diverse organizations to thrive does not just protect their own organizations, it also protects organizations with whom they disagree, sometimes deeply.