Posted by: everynation | March 14, 2011

Creating a Healthy Corporate Culture (in a Church)

By Steve Murrell

I think I blogged about this sometime in the past few years, but since I can’t remember for sure, you probably can’t either.

Some time ago I spoke to thirty of our Victory-Manila and Every Nation Philippines admin staff about the corporate culture we are trying to create. Here’s the culture we intentionally build in our Manila-based Every Nation, Victory-Manila, LifeBox (campus ministry) and Real LIFE Foundation administrative, management, and operations teams.

1. A MISSIONAL CULTURE: The Passionate Vision of a World-wide Church-planting and Missions Movement.

  • Missional simple means to think and act like a missionary
  • We must think and act globally, not just locally
  • We must realize that we face spiritual opposition
  • Our work, evangelism & church planting, is spiritual and requires a miracle & the grace of God
  • If Satan was able to stop the Apostle Paul at times (1Thess2:18) then he will certainly try to stop us
  • All of the above applies to everyone working in our organization whether they are on front lines as a campus missionary or in the office working on financial reports
  • The share of the men who stayed with the supplies is the same as that of him who went down to the battle. All will share alike. – David (1Samuel 30:24)

2. A PROFESSIONAL CULTURE: The Organizational Excellence of a Multinational Corporation.

  • A professional culture means the way we handle finances and facilities must be at the highest international standards
  • A professional culture starts with a biblical view of work
  • Work is a blessing not a curse.
  • Originally work was part of man’s purpose, not punishment for sin (Genesis 2:15)
  • Man was made to work
  • We rest one day so we can work the other six. We do not work so we can rest.
  • If we have a biblical theology of work, developing a professional culture will be relatively simple

3. A RELATIONAL CULTURE: The Caring Atmosphere of a Church Family.

  • How do we create a culture that is both professional and relational?
  • The starting point is to acknowledge that churches and ministries are in the ‘people business’
  • People matter to God, so they must matter to us
  • Jesus died for people not for organizations, logos, policies and vision statements
  • Learning to forgive is essential to creating and maintaining a relational culture

If leaders spend more time and energy building a healthy corporate culture based on biblical values, then we will spend less time enforcing policies and rules. I am not sure we always succeed, but that is what we are trying to do.

Steve Murrell wrote this post last February 18, 2011 in The Reluctant Leader. He is a husband, father, accidental missionary, reluctant leader, an occasional blogger and a co-founder of Every Nation.

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