Reimagining the skills of clergy: START Participant Rev. W. Taft Harris

Updated: Feb 11, 2019

Much of the narrative surrounding religion in America is one of scarcity and erosion -- places of worship closing at record rates, attendance at services dwindling, and a growing segment of the population selecting their religious identity as "None." For the next several newsletters, we'll be telling the stories of the courageous leaders in START who are transforming problems into opportunities by centering their work on the experiences of those they seek to serve. Hear from current Glean START participant Rev. W. Taft Harris.

Share one statistic surrounding your project or the population you're called to serve that you (or others around you!) may have previously viewed through a lens of scarcity or erosion. Share a few sentences on how you view it as an opportunity.

Rev. Harris: "Research reports a 30% to 40% attrition rate among ministry workers across all denominations. Some view these numbers as "shameful" or "dreadful;" however, InnerMission sees these numbers as dynamic opportunities. Those who work in ministry often have experiences that parallel secular or marketplace executive leadership skills. Their transition is a strong opportunity to assist them in the translation of these skills from one sector to another. 

Who are you called to serve through InnerMission?