When leading any ministry, values should remain fixed, but the culture must evolve.
From the beginning of Life Church, we’ve had consistent values. Among other things, we value evangelism, stewardship, generosity, passion, integrity, excellence, and relationships.
These values are constants. But if we don’t allow God to mold our culture, we’ll get stuck in time and our effectiveness will be limited.
I see three main ways our culture has evolved in recent history:
- In the past, we were so focused on what we were doing, we largely ignored God’s broader work in the world. We have intentionally reshaped our culture to be decidedly more kingdom minded.
- Our culture has also evolved into showing more honor to other Christian leaders. In the past, we typically didn’t excel at hospitality. Our culture has evolved into a much more hospitable place.
- For years, we worked hard at what God was doing inside the church but not outside. As a church, we decided to shift the culture to be much more missional. Our church responded well and now our campuses are very involved serving our communities.
While we stay true to our values, we should respond to what God is showing us and let our culture grow and evolve into a more mature expression of God’s church.
How is your culture evolving?