A healthy church has a healthy staff—not healthy in terms of physical bodies, but healthy in terms of how they function as a team and lead the church (even if it’s from behind the scenes). Healthy church and staff result in a growing church; there can be no growth without a healthy foundation.
As it does in many organizations, the path to healthy culture starts at the top. Leaders, this one’s for you.
Clarify, clarify, clarify
It should be easy to articulate what your church’s vision and values are. If it’s not easy, you need to take time to carefully lay out what you want for your church and why. Leading a church under a united banner is much easier than leading one fraught with misunderstandings and discontent.
These values should characterize everything that you do. By clarifying what kind of culture you want, you can easily make decisions because your criteria has already been clearly expressed.
What do you hold true for your church? How do you want to be known? What are some enduring values that your church should emphasize?
Communicate what’s important
You may be the leader, but your staff’s input is valuable too. Everyone should know what your values for the church are and why. They should also know what’s expected of them in accordance with those values.
Communication at this point is essential. No man is an island, and no one can lead a church without both support and guidance. Allow your staff to gauge for themselves whether they agree with your values and whether they have other suggestions. Keep yourself open to feedback, whether it be positive or negative.
How does your staff fit into the picture? How can they promote and reinforce these values in order to establish a healthy church culture?
Walk alongside one another
According to ChurchTechToday, you also have to be willing to receive and encourage feedback about your values. Build a community of accountability, because if you believe in what you’re doing, you should want others to help keep you on the right track.
Does everyone know what they’re responsible for? Are members comfortable pushing each other to do their best, or calling them out (nicely) when they’re not? How much is honesty valued among you, your staff, and their interactions with one another?
Trust each other
Being able to depend on one another is a beautiful thing. It also lessens stress, because you know that when someone says they’ll do something, they’ll do it. Trust builds relationships; without trust, your staff will find it difficult to function effectively. You can’t do it alone.
It’s a two-way street: Trust your staff, and if you’re trustworthy, your staff should trust you. Empower the people you work with by being confident in their abilities.
How often do you tell your staff how much you appreciate them? Are they comfortable relying on you and on each other?
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