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4 Books to Help You Interpret Your Church’s Culture

May 12, 2014

Mancini_church_unique_3Church Unique: How Missional Leaders Cast Vision, Capture Culture, and Create Movement

by Will Mancini

Written by church consultant Will Mancini—a pioneer of a new kind of visioning process to help churches develop a stunningly unique model of ministry that leads to redemptive movement. He guides churches away from an internal focus to emphasize participation in their community and surrounding culture. In this important book, Mancini offers an approach for rethinking what it means to lead with clarity as a visionary. Mancini explains that each church has a culture that reflects its particular values, thoughts, attitudes and actions and shows how leaders can unlock their church’s individual DNA and unleash their congregation’s one-of-a-kind potential.


cracking-church-cultureCracking Your Church’s Culture Code: Seven Keys to Unleashing Vision and Inspiration

By Samuel R. Chand

Why is it that the best strategic plans and good leadership often are not able to move churches in the desired direction? Sam Chand contends that toxic culture is to blame. Quite often, leaders don’t sense the toxicity, but it poisons their relationships and derails their vision. This work describes five easily identifiable categories of church culture (inspiring-accepting-stagnant-discouraging-toxic), with diagnostic descriptions in the book and a separate online assessment tool. The reader will be able to identify strengths and needs of their church’s culture, and then apply practical strategies (communication, control and authority, selection and placement of personnel, etc.) to make their church’s culture more positive.

culture-shiftCulture Shift : Transforming Your Church from the Inside Out

by Robert Lewis and Wayne Cordeiro, with Warren Bird

When you understand your church’s unique culture, you gain the key to its future. Culture defines who you really are, and what you can become.

In Culture Shift, Robert Lewis and Wayne Cordeiro take an intense look at how to transform a church from the inside out. Flowing from their personal experiences in building two equally compelling but radically different churches, Culture Shift shows pastors and other church leaders how to: Build an irresistible church culture; Change a culture that is at odds with your vision; Recognize the signs of genuine forward progress; Keep your new culture aligned with your mission.

church-transfusionChurch Transfusion: Changing Your Church Organically – From the Inside Out

By Neil Cole and Phil Helfer

Challenges churches to transfuse themselves with the life-giving qualities and energy of the organic church movement.

In Church Transfusion Cole and Helfer, co-founders of Church Multiplication Associates, will first point out that change is possible with God, but only with God. In the second half of the book they will lay out some of the actual practical considerations to weigh if you want to release real organic health in your church.

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