The word culture as it relates to this post is defined as the set of shared attitudes, values, goals, and practices that characterize an institution or organization.
Kingdom culture is cultivated and released by the human heart through heart attitudes. Attitudes create an atmosphere where values are formed, vision is realized and vessels are empowered to bring God glory.
That is why culture, a set of shared attitudes, is the most powerful factor in any church, ministry or organization. Many times as leaders we are trying to produce an outward action before we’ve cultivated the inward attitude of the hearts of people that ultimately creates the activity or outcome we want to see.
At the heart of Kingdom culture is the hearts of people. Vision and strategy is what flows from the heart of people centered on the King of the Kingdom. This culture is created when the greatest commandment is given the greatest priority:
Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your strength and with all your mind, and love your neighbor as yourself. - Luke 10:27
The most valuable asset in Kingdom culture is our response to God and our relationships with people. Healthy hearts aligned with the King produce Kingdom attitudes that create awesome atmospheres people want to be a part of. If the air is clean and healthy, people thrive and the vision and strategy prosper, but if the atmosphere is toxic because the output of our hearts isn’t healthy, energy subsides, creativity lags, conflicts multiply, and production declines.
My case and point is the Oakland Raiders. Over the years the stigma of the Raiders being the bad boys of the NFL has stifled their success. This bad attitude of the ownership, players and even fans for the last 12 years has created a toxic atmosphere that has produced a team that no one wants to coach, play for, or watch. The attitude of the organization has created an atmosphere that has caused a legendary team to miss playoffs for 12 consecutive years. Attitude is everything!
Here are some suggestions that can help you cultivate a CULTURE that expresses attitudes and produces atmospheres that best represent your Christ Jesus the King.
Celebrate Your Wins
Romans 12:15- Rejoice with those who rejoice
1 Corinthians 12:26- And if one member suffers, all the members suffer with it; or if one member is honored, all the members rejoice with it.
Unite your Hearts
Psalm 133:1 Behold, how good and how pleasant it is for brethren to dwell together in unity!
Love like Jesus
1 Cotinthians 13:1 Though I speak with the tongues of men and of angels, but have not love, I have become sounding brass or a clanging cymbal. 2 And though I have the gift of prophecy, and understand all mysteries and all knowledge, and though I have all faith, so that I could remove mountains, but have not love, I am nothing. 3 And though I bestow all my goods to feed the poor, and though I give my body to be burned, but have not love, it profits me nothing. 4 Love suffers long and is kind; love does not envy; love does not parade itself, is not puffed up; 5 does not behave rudely, does not seek its own, is not provoked, thinks no evil; 6 does not rejoice in iniquity, but rejoices in the truth; 7 bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things. 8 Love never fails.
Trust Your Leadership
1 Thessalonians 5:12- Dear brothers and sisters, honor those who are your leaders inthe Lord’s work. They work hard among you and warn you against all that is wrong.
Hebrews 13:7- Remember your leaders who first taught you the word of God. Think of all the good that has come from their lives, and trust the Lord as they do.
Hebrews 13:17- Obey your spiritual leaders and do what they say. Their work is to watch over your souls, and they know they are accountable to God. Give them reason to do this joyfully and not with sorrow. That would certainly not be for your benefit.
Undaunted when faced with opposition
I have to share this definition because unhealthy cultures do not have this shared quality. Undaunted means not intimidated or discouraged by difficulty, danger, or disappointment.
Joshua 1:5-7 - No one will be able to stand up against you all the days of your life. As I was with Moses, so I will be with you; I will never leave you nor forsake you. 6 “Be strong and courageous, because you will lead these people to inherit the land I swore to their forefathers to give them. 7 Be strong and very courageous…
Reward & Appreciate People
Imagine if your were Timothy and Paul said these things about you!
1 Corinthians 4:17- That is the very reason I am sending Timothy — to help you do this. For he is my beloved and trustworthy child in the Lord. He will remind you of what I teach about Christ Jesus in all the churches wherever I go.
Philippians 2:20, 22- I have no one else like Timothy, who genuinely cares about your welfare. But you know how Timothy has proved himself. Like a son with his father, he has helped me in preaching the Good News.
Examine Your Heart & Be an Example to Others
Proverbs 4:23- Above all else, guard your heart, for it affects everything you do.
Matthew 12:34-35- 34You brood of snakes! How could evil men like you speak what is good and right? For whatever is in your heart determines what you say. 35A good person produces good words from a good heart, and an evil person produces evil words from an evil heart.
Psalm 26:2- Examine me, O Lord, and prove me; Try my mind and my heart. When you take time to do this, you will not only create culture, you will sustain it!
Creating Kingdom CULTURE is hard work, but as Dr. Sam Chand says, “Culture, if not healthy, will eat strategy and vision for lunch.”
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