Have you ever ridden in a brand new car? It’s amazing how smooth the ride can be when everything is brand new. But, overtime the very things that provide the smooth ride begin to wear. To keep it smooth you need to realign some things, replace some things, and recognize when the ride is a little rough.
As Cultivate Church is in another phase of growth we are re-aligning ourselves with core principles that hold everything together and keep it moving smoothly. As we prepare to launch our our first campus location here are a few things we are reminding our team:
1. Culture – When I asked our team what came to mind when they think about the culture of Cultivate they said things like “home, family, friendly, acceptance, love, etc.” We have worked to build this culture for people, and it is our job to protect it.
Is the culture of your church or organization healthy? What would your team say? Have you reminded them of the importance of keeping the culture you worked to create?
2. Community – The local bar, ball field, etc., all share something in common with the local church… community. People like to be a part of a community. We think life change happens in small groups of people in community.
Have you provided an atmosphere that cultivates community? Is it easy for people to connect in meaningful community? Work toward healthy environments for both work and fun.
3. Care – Everyone wants to be cared for. Yet the larger you grow it can become harder to care for more and more people. This is why community is not only important, but imperative. There should be leaders among communities caring for individuals.
How are people cared for in your church or organization? Do individuals still matter as much as the crowd (they should)?
4. Commitment – Nothing worth anything is easy. It takes hard work. In order to create a culture that cultivates life change, coumminty that grows people, and leaders who care for individuals, it takes commitment.
Have you communicated clear expectations for leaders? Do they know what defines a win in your church or organization? Are they willing to pay the price for the success of others?
How could these four c’s help you? I’d love to hear your thoughts.