NCF DNA Standard Portfolio Feature CULTURE

By Grant Crawford

Culture is the invisible tide or momentum that builds and shapes the church while leaders are not present. Here are a couple of points we think are valuable when it comes to this subject.

In order to purposefully build a leader needs to use the following tools:

  • Opinion leaders, people like John the Baptist, will set culture
  • Repetition of meaningful activities such as breaking bread will set culture
  • What you celebrate, for example, the things that Jesus got excited about on the return of the 72 in Luke 10; think baptisms and testimonies and stories will set culture
  • Consistent outcomes, in terms of successes and miracles will set culture
  • Supporting ideas are needed to set culture, i.e a culture is reinforced by multiple allied ideas
  • Experiences & encounters will set culture. For example, Jesus let his disciples experience the kingdom
  • To reach the whole church you need to appreciate some are motivated emotionally, others intellectually and others spiritually.
  • You need to be able to define and articulate the principle idea in order to set culture. For example, “the kingdom of God is at hand”​

 Culture killers:

  •  Watch your vocabulary when using words such as “unsaved” and “sinners” in a meeting. Think of these words from an unsaved sinner’s point-of-view.
  •  Repeated defeats
  •  Sporadic attention
  •  Distraction in a meeting

     We hope that this resource blesses you and the way you set culture in your church. Feel free to print, edit and distribute this document.

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