The culture of a ministry is the foundational beliefs and values on which its relationships and decision-making are built. Godly leaders establish cultural consistency throughout the organization, even at board meetings.
The three cultural foundation stones at our ministry are:
1) honoring God
2) cultivating healthy relationships with each other
3) seeking God’s wisdom for decision-making
Anytime two or three staff members are in a meeting, we’re intentional about engaging with God as our Father, connecting with each other as brothers and sisters in Jesus, and discerning the Spirit’s plans for the ministry. It keeps us aligned with God. It’s invigorating for us. And it’s powerful for the ministry.
If you’ve read my blogs, you know that we’re proactive about engaging in our culture at board meetings as well.
These “Family Times” have primarily been staff-led—probably because it’s the world we live and function in, and it’s easy for us to carry it into board meetings. But recently, God impressed on us the importance of boards member taking a turn. That way each person’s gifting and relationship with the Lord can influence these meaningful times together.
For organizational culture to have integrity, it must be actively engaged in throughout your organization. Mentally comb through the various groupings of people in your organization—from volunteers, to staff, to board members, and assess the healthiness of the culture at each level. If you detect gaps or weak areas, work toward strengthening them. Great leaders ensure that their organizational culture is systemic and thriving.
“Great leaders ensure that their organizational culture is systemic and thriving.”- Lisa Hosler
Describe how your board participates in your ministry culture at board meetings. Feel free to share your thoughts in the Comment Section below.