‘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.

embedded-image-culture_GTo be generous in our welcome, hospitable andamp; serve with excellence. Always seeking to do our best. To be quick to encourage and affirm each other. To be generous in how we honour one another. To honour means to value or to credit them with worth. Resisting the temptation to 'dis'honour others.
embedded-image-culture_RTo be real, authentic and genuine, with openness, vulnerability and integrity. Creating an environment where no one needs to pretend and where people can say, 'I am struggling in this area!'


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.

template-embedded-image-CBeing a risk taking community and believing in a big God. Expecting great things from God and attempting great things for God.
embedded-image-culture_ETo create an environment which seeks to invest in one another. Through coaching, mentoring and equipping. Always looking to develop and grow the next person.

If by reading this you think ‘I like the sound of that’ then come and have a look one Sunday morning, or try the Alpha course.