– To create a good culture, identify the things you love and reinforce them.
– Ask yourself: if we were starting over, what would be our core values?
– Everyone has to be part of the process. If you bring back a statement of values that will enforce a new culture, chances are no one will really care. The process of defining, developing and deciding the values and the culture may be as important as the culture itself.
– Don’t just adopt someone else’s values, really determine what is unique to your church or organization.
– This process of discovery takes time – percolation is your friend.
Andy listed their “Staff covenant”, the six values that they want their work environment – every staff team member – to embrace:
1) Make It Better – Everyone on staff participates in making things better. Question: What am I doing to help us improve organizationally?
2) Take It Personally – Believe in the product, be involved. Questions: How am I personally invested, outside of my job, in working here?
3) Working With Collaboration – Not too proud to ask for help and not too busy to be able to help. Question: Where am I leveraging the talent and skills of those outside my primary team?
4) Replace Ourselves – You’ll always have a place if you are helping others move up. In a great organization, people are moving up. Question: Who am I empowering?
5) Stay Fit – Our personal lives come to work with us. The more responsibility you have in an organization, the more important it is for you to stay fit – spiritually, physically, mentally, financially, and relationally. Question: How am I taking care of myself physically, spiritually, relationally, emotionally and financially?
6. Remain Open Handed – In a growing organization, there will be constant change. Effective staff and leaders have to be open to change. Build a culture that experiences change in a good way. Palms up living: it’s easier to remain calm when your palms are up. Question: How do I manage the trigger that new ideas and change bring in my life?
Reminder: Don’t just take this list and make it yours. Your church staff team needs to wrestle with the values that they see as important. But I like the idea of a staff covenant – especially as new people join the team. What are you thoughts? Can you pinpoint the values in your staff team?