As a leader — whether at home, at work, at church, wherever I am — I’ve got one job that’s more important that any other. I need to replace myself.
You may have heard that over 6 million people attend a multi-site church in North America. That's a cool fact, but it matters more to you that the unique vision and DNA of your church remains intact at the campus you lead.
You’ve probably heard it a dozen times from leadership books, from leadership coaches, from social media, from every source imaginable. People don’t leave jobs — they leave leaders. It’s become a standard leadership cliche. But cliches often become cliches because they’re true. People don’t leave jobs. They leave the people who were leading them in those jobs. And if you’re a leader, that’s a reality you have to pay attention to every day.
I love our staff and culture at Church Community Builder. We have spent a lot of time investing in a culture that helps our associates feel valued, cared for, and fulfilled. That has paid off in a variety of ways, not the least of which is a high level of respect and care for our church partners. This is a principle that plays out in a lot of businesses you are familiar with. Think Southwest Airlines, Zappos, or Nordstrom. Does it play out in your church? Is your staff culture so healthy that it results in ministries that work beautifully together and congregants who feel a deep sense of belonging? If not, have you considered new ways to focus on improving your culture this year? Healthy cultures don’t just happen. They come as a result of intentional investment.