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7 Powerful Practices to Reshape Your Church Culture


Culture-savvy leaders understand how to mold values to shape, like clay, the atmosphere, attitudes, and actions of their teams.

Right now, everything you do or don’t do is guided by a set of underlying values. The same is true for your church. Culture-savvy leaders understand how to mold the invisible stuff of values to shape, like clay, the atmosphere, attitudes, actions, and automated responses of their teams.

What if we were to x-ray the intuitive movements of great values-based leaders? What would we see?

What if we were to make even more conscious our intentions towards culture-shaping leadership? What core practices would come to the surface?

Here are seven:

#1 Articulation

The first step of culture shaping is to identify, name, and define. That’s what it means to be human- bringing meaning through how we label and distinguish within the created world and within the world we want to create. You can’t mold in the real world what you don’t hold in the mental world. So what are you holding? What are your top 3 or 4 culture-shaping aspirations?

#2 Imitation

You teach what you know, but you reproduce what you are. Your life is broadcasting and multiplying a values set. How is that values set being consciously transferred by you, even though the receiver may not know it?

#3 Mechanism

If you lead a team or an organization, you have the authority to create a shared experience or roll out a new process. Think of a mechanism as an event or process that clarifies, restores, aligns, or attunes your people with an existing shared value. Think of this as a wake-up call that shakes up business as usual.

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Will Mancini

Will Mancini

Will Mancini emerged from the trenches of local church leadership to found Auxano, a first-of-kind consulting ministry that focuses on vision clarity. As a “clarity evangelist,” Will has served as vision architect for hundreds of churches across the country, including such notable pastors as Chuck Swindoll and Max Lucado. Will holds a Th.M. in Pastoral Leadership from Dallas Theological Seminary and has authored Church Unique: How Missional Leaders Cast Vision, Capture Culture and Create Movement; he also co-authored Building Leaders with Aubrey Malphurs.

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