Some time ago, I heard about an author Samuel R. Chand, and his book Cracking Your Church’s Culture Code: Seven Keys to Unleashing Vision and Inspiration. In his book, he discusses the concept that CULTURE is more powerful than VISION in leading a church. He writes that a toxic culture in a church can keep it from fulfilling the vision that God has given to the church. If that is true, and I believe that it is, then we, as church leaders, must deal with the problematic cultures in our churches BEFORE we can lead them forward in fulfilling the vision that God has given us for our churches.
While reading Dr. Chand’s book, I began looking at the church where I was currently the pastor. We had been given a great vision for the church. As we began pursuing that vision, we began to see the toxic culture of the church make itself evident. What had been lurking just below the surface largely unnoticed, now was a full on attack against the vision that God had given to us.
Over time we navigated the change to the culture of our church. People began to immediately notice the change. Within 3 months our church had grown by 25% – during the summer months when church grow experts tell us that we cannot grow.
The bottom line – I was convinced that CULTURE really does trump VISION!
Since then, I have begun looking at the church through the eyes of CULTURE. How do we identify a toxic culture? How do we change a toxic culture into a culture through which God’s Holy Spirit is free to work? I am convinced that we need to address the issue of culture before we implement any new changes in our churches. I am also convinced that most small to mid-size churches have a culture problem that needs corrected before they are able to become the church that God has called them to become.
So, what can you do about the culture in your church? Here are four things you can do:
- Read Dr. Chan’s book. You can purchase a copy here.
- Take his FREE online culture survey. It can be found at www.freeculturesurvey.com.
- Participate in my new FREE Webinar on culture change. I want to share with you some of the things that I’ve been learning about changing the culture within our churches. I’ll be announcing the details in a few weeks. For now, be certain that you have subscribed to my website by filling out the form at the top right of this page. You’ll also receive a free e-book as my way of saying thanks.
- Join my new 6-month coaching network on culture change that I’ll be announcing at the conclusion of the FREE Webinar. I have learned first-hand the importance of having a coach lead me through a process of learning and applying what I’ve learned to my church immediately. I want to do that for you – to lead you through a process of changing the culture of your church so that you can provide the environment where God can work and His vision can be accomplished.
I am looking forward to what God wants to do in your life and in your church. Will you allow me to help you through this process?