One of the reasons that churches fail to change or be effective is the leaders change the wrong things.
Culture eats strategy for breakfast. -Peter Drucker
In their book Mission Drift: The Unspoken Crisis Facing Leaders, Charities, and Churches, Peter Greer and Chris Horst point out corporate culture is tough to pin down. It’s difficult to define. But it sure is easy to feel. Culture is just “what happens.”
Every church says their strategy is to welcome new people, help people meet Jesus, grow in their relationship with Jesus, develop leaders and plant churches. Yet, for a very few churches is this reality.
Most churches do not see guests, new believers, baptism’s or disciples.
Their culture fights it.
So what do you do? How does a pastor change a church?
Go for the culture. Define the culture you want. Then go for that.
Don’t tell me that your strategy is the great commission if you aren’t seeing anyone start following Jesus.
Peter Greer said, “Leaders cultivate corporate culture within faith-based organizations just like they cultivate their own spiritual lives.”
You must create boundaries, policies, rules (whatever you want to call them) to keep the culture you are going for clear and on track.
You must celebrate the things that matter most, that help you accomplish your culture.
If your culture that you are going for has new Christians in it, celebrate when that happens. If it is baptism’s, celebrate when they happen. Tell stories. Show videos. Preach sermons.
Don’t leave it to chance. Too many pastors seem content to leave their desired culture to chance and hope that a strategy will enable to accomplish their vision.