WHO WE ARE
In a moment of tremendous opportunity in which the fastest growing religious group in America is “Nones”, there is a rising tide of emerging leaders building new models of faith, service, and meaning-making. They need training, funding, and coaching as they seek to reweave the social fabric of America and inspire individuals and communities to flourish.
Our Vision: We envision a just world in which pathways to meaning-making, purpose-finding, and communal well-being are paved by faith and accessible by all.
Our Mission: Investing in faithful leaders and new models of faith-in-action that work towards character formation, human flourishing, and communal wellbeing.
Providing an ecosystem of support to serve spiritual entrepreneurs of all backgrounds who are building organizations that foster:
The American religious landscape is churning.
At a moment in which roughly 4,000-7,000 churches and synagogues close each year, there has been a promising upswell of emergent models of spiritual connection that has gone largely unnoticed, overshadowed by the headlines of institutional religion’s decline. While the success of these new models is promising, the lack of support - training, funding, coaching, and in-kind services - available to them is alarming. Should the faith-based philanthropic world continue to funnel funds primarily into sustaining legacy institutions, not only are these entrepreneurs and their ventures at risk, but so too is the ancient wisdom upon which they are founded.
Without new venues for that wisdom to re-emerge, manifest, and transform, it is at risk of ossifying inside of the declining institutions that once shared it in abundance. Without new contexts for gathering, meaning-making, and purpose-finding, the rising generation of 75 million American Millennials is at risk of experiencing the dangerous effects of social isolation at unprecedented rates. And without new practices of innovation and entrepreneurship within religion, the entire domain - the value systems, ethical underpinnings, frameworks for community, and guideposts for lives well-lived - is at risk of vanishing entirely.
So as these new models take shape and their leaders take courageous initiative, not only must we find ways to support their growth, but we must do so in ways that reflect the nature of today's changing landscape: unprecedented.
Glean is the world's first incubator and network for spiritual entrepreneurs. We not only provide the entrepreneurship education of a leading venture incubator, but we also incorporate an integrated layer of spiritual development for our multifaith cohort that is largely absent from this emerging field. And through a one-of-a-kind partnership with Columbia Business School, Glean equips its entrepreneurs with the highest-level training to seize the abundant opportunity in this time of great change in American religion, and build sustainable ventures that will flourish for years to come.