Vision Arizona is a church planting network located in Arizona that boasts a 90% success rate. At a recent network gathering Chad Moore who serves as the Lead Pastor at Sun Valley Community Church, the church I have the pleasure of serving at, shared some background on a church that merged with Sun Valley to become a Sun Valley campus. During the talk he shared some clear steps that pastors can take to intentionally build a great culture in their churches. Here are some of my notes and thoughts from the talk.
- “Culture eats strategy for breakfast” Peter Drucker
- A merger is very different than a multisite.
- A multisite is when you take a couple hundred of your people and your culture and go 20 minutes away or so and start a new campus. A merger is like adopting a rebellious teenager or a rebellious grandparent.
- In a culture of decline you’re not playing offense you’re playing defense. The value is to survive.
- Transitioning culture requires loving first, leading second, but always doing both.
- Culture is transferred or changed through people.
- People, not strategy, change culture.
- Mergers require humility on both sides (on the side of the lead church & the follow church).
- Your church already has a culture.
- Culture is more on the art side of leadership.
- Two big questions to help you to begin to identify your culture:
- What in your church (staff), when you see it, it energizes and excites you?
- What in your church (staff), when you see it, it makes you cringe?
- The world is not the enemy they’re the goal.
- It takes about 3-5 years for the church/staff to become who you are.
- If you’ve been at your church 3 years or more and there’s things about it you don’t like…look in the mirror on that one.
How to Build Culture:
#1 Preach: Inspiration & motivation. This is all about language. Use the same language over and over and over again.
#2 Teach: Application. How do I do it?
#3 Model: Illustration. Testimonies, personal life…”join me”
#4 Celebrate: Celebration. Have everybody clap for it. What you celebrate gets repeated.
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