One of the (many!) roles that falls to me as the Lead Pastor is setting the culture for my church. Culture is so important!
Someone said it like this:
“Culture is king!”
Obviously Christians believe that Jesus is king 😀 but whoever said it still made an important point. Perhaps it was better phrased like this:
“Culture eats strategy for breakfast”
The simple truth is this: we can make all the plans we want and devise all the strategy we like, but the culture of our church can hinder our best intentions. For example:
- We could devise a system to welcome new people, but if our culture is not inclusive and welcoming, new people will not feel welcome.
- We can create a strategy to train more leaders, but if our culture is not releasing and empowering, new leaders will not emerge – (or they will emerge and leave!)
- We can earnestly desire to be ‘a more creative church’, but if our culture is not open to new or fresh ideas, creativity will be stifled.
So what culture do we want?
In our preaching over the last three weeks I’ve highlighted two culture areas (and more will follow in the months ahead). We need to create:
- A “Come As You Are” culture
- A Culture of Grace
“Come As You Are” is about how we treat people coming in to our church.
It might be best summed up in the three ‘B’ words: Believe, Belong, Become
I explained on Sunday how ‘Become’ is better than ‘Behave’; Christ-like action flows from our new identity in Christ.
One implication of ‘Belong’ being first on the list, is that we don’t require someone to be a church member before they belong to a neighbourhood Group or join a serving team in many areas of church life.
Can I get involved? Yes you can! (Just ask)
A “Grace Filled Culture” is about how we treat people within the church
This flows out of our new life and identity in Christ; it’s the outworking of the gospel in our lives and our church.
Jesus gave us a new commandment: love one another (John 13v34). We need to show the same grace to each other that God has shown to us (see Matthew 18v21-35).
How could you show more love and grace to someone in the church today?