‘Culture—not vision or strategy—is the most powerful factor in any organization…’
‘…It determines the receptivity of staff and volunteers to new ideas, unleashes or dampens creativity, builds or erodes enthusiasm, and creates a sense of pride or deep discouragement about working or being involved there. Ultimately, the culture of an organization—particularly in churches and non-profit organizations, but also in any organization—shapes individual morale, teamwork, effectiveness, and outcomes.’ Samuel R Chand
Heavy stuff, but if this is broken down it perhaps becomes easier to grasp.
Here at Woodside we are going after creating a culture of G – R – A – C – E : Generosity; Real; Acceptance; Courage and Equipping
It is important to remember that a culture can only be achieved by a work of God’s GRACE in our own lives. As a Christian community we believe that without God we can achieve nothing that will last – God has to build his Church and work in it.
To create a ‘come as you are’ culture. Being patient and forgiving – demonstrating kindness to all. Allowing people to ‘belong’ and call Woodside their church, whether they believe or behave. Allowing God to change people – that’s his job, not ours.