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Every church and organization has a mission statement that defines what the organization does, and where they are heading. However, the attitudes, behaviors, and beliefs of the organization are what create momentum and synergy behind the mission. The staff culture is something that can catalyze growth, or can ultimately hamstring your team and organization from reaching their full potential. Here’s a quick look at five symptoms of a healthy staff culture. While this list isn’t exhaustive, these values, if modeled by senior leadership and embraced by the staff, will radically change the work environment and buy-in of your church staffs.
Lot - Debate - Basketball - Player - Time
There’s a lot of debate centering around who’s the greatest basketball player of all time. Whether you feel it’s MJ, Lebron, or another Hall of Famer, the simple truth is this: the team outperforms the individual every time. Yes, there are players that change the dynamic of the game every time they step on the court—but even the greatest players couldn’t compete if playing alone against another team.
Churches are no different. Even if you have a celebrity pastor teaching on a weekly basis, their ability to deliver is dependent on a team who creates the environments, opportunities, and connections for people to engage with your church. Rapidly growing and healthy churches embrace this reality, and it’s central to the overall staff culture.
Trap - Gifts - Platforms - Influence - Matter
It’s easy to fall into the trap of comparing gifts, platforms, and influence. No matter your gifting, you have value. We have to be quick to remember that each person’s gifts are simply that: gifts. They are skills, mindsets, and personalities entrusted to individuals by a creative God. For us to elevate or minimize the gifts of a teammate is foolish and unbiblical.
Embracing the mindset that we’re better together ultimately increases ownership amongst individuals...
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