Does Culture Matter More than Vision?

The eve of a big project has me thinking a lot about today’s word-of-the-wee…


I’ve envisioned for months how I want our team to operate. But all the vision in the world won’t matter if we don’t establish the proper culture.

Culture is everything. Culture matters more than vision.

Culture is vision with boots on the ground. It’s how things operate, what people see.

Every church has a great vision, but too frequently people get immersed in petty squabbles, bureaucratic blockades, or political battles. Minor theological differences and turf wars cause major divisions, and the actual culture looks nothing like Jesus’ vision.

I want our team culture to be about sacrificial love and servant leadership, but saying it won’t make it happen. It’s up to Becky and me to model it and put processes in place that foster it—then trust our teammates and God for the result.

I’ve said before that I don’t believe you can manage people effectively. You inspire and lead people—you manage processes. So that’s what we’ll try to do.

We all contribute to the culture in our family, our church, our workplace, our neighborhood. It’s not about our words, it’s about what we do.

This week let’s do something that builds a culture of love and service.

Have a great week.

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