Agriculture?!? No, A Great Culture. I’ve worked in a lot of places where the culture was less than healthy. There is nothing worse than working in an organization that has a bad culture. It doesn’t matter how much money you make or how many weeks of vacation you are given; when you work in a toxic environment, you still come home tense and stressed at the end of each day. And that isn’t worth it.
On the other hand, there is nothing better than working at an organization with a great culture. You wake up every day looking forward to getting back to work on the mission with people you enjoy being around. This is where I find myself! I love the attitude of excellence and camaraderie I feel with each staff person and ministry leader. We will strive for Lakewood to continue to be a church body that embraces the following truths.
What a Great Culture Looks Like
- Top leaders are not insecure about other leaders succeeding. In fact, they encourage it. Our leaders want to build a culture where successes are celebrated at all levels.
- Gossip isn’t tolerated. It isn’t just the leaders calling for people to take the high road in their communication. At every level, gossip is shut down with an encouragement to speak directly to the individual.
- Team members are energized by the mission. You hear leaders at all levels of the organization talking about the mission. It gives them energy, and they are constantly thinking of ways to get it done.
- People are smiling. Walk around some evening and poke your head into a meeting room and you will see people smiling, enjoying conversations, and having a good time in the midst of ministry and intense focus.
- Fear is missing. People don’t fret if they say the wrong thing in front of the wrong person. There aren’t hushed conversations because of the fear of what will happen if they are overheard. With a great culture, anyone can walk into the pastor’s office with a concern and walk out knowing they were heard.
- Communication is strong. From the top to the bottom, people communicate. The staff isn’t surprised with information they didn’t hear until it was announced at a Sunday service or came out in a new product brochure. It is communicated well in advance, with leaders even asking the staff to help find solutions.
- Change is welcome. People aren’t afraid of change. It’s not that everyone likes change, but most have been through it so many times and have seen the leaders manage change with care and dignity that they no longer dread it.
I am blessed to be a part of a great culture. May God continue to bless us with a discerning and loving spirit!