Every church has a culture. It’s not defined by doctrine, mission statements, strategic plans, core values or org charts. You get glimpses of it by listening to the language people use, watching the way decisions are made and observing how people treat one another. It’s the intangible “way we do things around here.”
There are no exceptions. Any group of people who have been together for a year or longer has a culture. The question is whether it’s being intentionally shaped or passively discovered. The difference has enormous implications for the life, health and effectiveness of a church. If Peter Drucker was right, and I believe he was, when he famously said, “culture eats strategy for breakfast“, then any leader who isn’t intentional about shaping the culture of their organization is committing leadership malpractice.
In my time leading Restoration City, I’ve learned that a leader must do four things to intentionally shape the culture of their church or organization:
- Define It
- Model It
- Correct It
- Celebrate It
Three out of the four won’t get you there – it takes a commitment to all four disciplines.
I’m going to take my next four blog posts to discuss each one of these disciplines in greater depth. I hope it’ll be helpful for our leaders at Restoration City and anyone else passionate about creating a healthy and intentional culture.
Culture matters to much to discover it. Leaders must shape it.