Yesterday, I shared with you about a young pastor who I have been helping for several months as he re-launches a church. I explained to you culture shift and why it is so important. Today, we are going to see how to change the culture in an organization.
#1 – You must identify your church’s unique culture based on kingdom values that are centered in the Bible.
Every church should have the same kingdom values but a pastor’s unique personality, gifts and life experiences will come out in shaping the values. Example: My passion is seeing people come to know Christ and experiencing new life through salvation. Our church is very evangelistic and kingdom minded – lost people matter to God!
#2 – The leadership must live out the kingdom values or it will not transfer.
Transformation can never be brought in from the outside; transformation is inside work. You don’t get what you want, you get what you are. You teach what you know and you reproduce who you are. The pastor, the staff, and the leadership must live out the values or there will be no culture shift.
#3 – Hold everyone accountable to the mission, vision and kingdom values
It’s easy to drift. It’s easy to get off track. We all need accountability in maintaining our culture.
#4 – Communicate the vision and values in all public messages and meetings.
In order to maintain the right culture, you must talk about the values in every setting. How you do this creatively and consistently will be the key in your church, organization or family’s culture.
#5 – Put your mission, values and vision in print so everyone can see them each time that you meet.
Seeing is being reminded of the vision and it puts it in front of new people so they are exposed to the culture from their first visit.
This list isn’t exhaustive but if you want to see a change in your family, business or church, then you are going to have to embrace these five points.