Leadership

Change Your Church Culture… in SIX MONTHS?

Conventional wisdom says that changing the culture of your church will take years. DNA is hard to change. But it’s a nasty proposition. Change the culture too fast and everything blows up. Change the culture too slowly, and you’re probably not going to be around to see any of the church. But is there a better way? There was recently an interesting case study article reported on at the Harvard Business Review that says if you’re going to change your culture, do it quickly. It cites a couple of business examples where culture of an office was changed remarkably in 6 months! That’s pretty incredible. But here’s the disclaimer:  it takes a plan and some iron-clad leadership. I’ve seen the culture totally change in my church over the past 18 months. We’ve introduced a lot of change fairly quickly.  It’s taken leadership.  It’s required some really tough decisions (not all of which have been popular).  But the end result is pretty remarkable, at least at this point. (Of course the longer discussion was the five years of discussion about the culture needing to be changed before we actually had the guts and leadership to start changing it). The lesson for me is this:  don’t expect change to come to your church’s culture overnight.  It won’t happen. But don’t underestimate the result of good leadership and how quickly your culture can change dramatically under the right leaders and plan.  It can happen much sooner than you think. What’s been your experience? Todd