Instill a New Culture into the Hearts of Your People

Outside of the Holy Spirit working through us, culture may be our greatest tool for increasing the effectiveness of our ministries. Mission and vision are important, but culture will trump.

You already have a culture in your church or organization. The questions are: “What is the culture?” and “How in the world do you change it?”

Jesus was a master at building culture. He rallied people around a kingdom culture:

  • Let’s serve; I’ll show you how — radically.
  • Let the children gather around; they show us what the kingdom of heaven is like.
  • Losing your life will be what truly gives you life.
  • Do good in secret.
  • Don’t get excited about earthly success, but celebrate that your name is written in the Book of Life.”

For our ministries and leaders, it’s never too late to begin aligning the culture of our work, our leaders, and eventually the church into great things.

Ask these ten questions* as you create a culture statement to begin using for a new season:

  1. What do we deeply care about as an organization?
  2. Where are we now and where do we want to be?
  3. What must happen to bridge the gap between where we are and where we want to be?
  4. What do we want our culture to stand for?
  5. What is our culture’s most significant impact area?
  6. How would we like our culture to be perceived?
  7. What experience do we hope our culture will provide?
  8. What statements best summarize our call to action?
  9. Can our leaders live up to this statement daily?
  10. Can our culture statement benefit both our work and personal lives?

One goal for a leader is to help instill this new culture statement into the hearts of your people. Share it and communicate it to others often. Otherwise, the current culture will win out.

“No matter how brilliant your mind or strategy, if you’re playing a solo game, you’ll always lose out to a team.”

Reid Hoffman

Ministry leaders, church staff, pastors: Take note of your culture. Is it creating the kind of atmosphere that encourages growth, depth, mission, and heart? If not, how can you create a statement that both you and your people can live in for this season?

*The ten questions above came from the book, Culture Is The Way by Matt Mayberry. You can pick up a copy of this great book here, or you listen to it for free with a subscription to Audible.

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