From the Inside Flap
"Culturenot vision or strategyis 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 a church shapes individual morale, teamwork, effectiveness, and outcomes." From Chapter One
Often church leaders confuse culture with vision and strategy, but they are very different. Vision and strategy usually focus on products, services, and outcomes, but culture is about the peoplea church's most valuable asset. Cracking Your Church's Culture Code offers a practical resource for discovering the deficits in an existing church's culture and includes the steps needed to assess, correct, and change culture from lackluster to vibrant and inspirational so that it that truly meets the needs of the congregation.
Prominent church and leadership consul-tant Sam Chand describes the five easily identifiable categories of church culture (Inspiring-Accepting-Stagnant-Discouraging-Toxic) and includes diagnostic methods that church leaders can use to identify the particular strengths and needs of their church's culture. To help in this process there is also a separate online assessment tool (www.freeculturesurvey.com).
Once a church's culture is clearly identified, leaders can put in place a strategy for applying the seven keys of CULTURE (Control, Understanding, Leadership, Trust, Unafraid, Responsive, and Execution) that will make their church's culture one that stimulates people to be and do their very best and ultimately reach their highest goals.
From the Back Cover
Praise For cracking Your Church's Culture code
"Cracking Your Church's Culture Code provides a methodical introduction to understanding the idiosyncratic dynamics of your church and their impact on the overall vision of your ministry. This book is comprehensible and constructive as it reveals the seven important keys to creating a cohesive tone within your organization."
Bishop T. D. Jakes, The Potter's House of Dallas
"Dr. Chand said, 'Culturenot vision or strategyis the most powerful factor in any organization.' I couldn't agree more. Dr. Chand's latest book, Cracking Your Church's Culture Code, is a must-read for every church leader. If you want your ministry to move forward, buy this book for everyone on your leadership team!"
Craig Groeschel, senior pastor, LifeChurch.tv, and author, The Christian Atheist
"Sam Chand keeps firing golden bullets of practical assistance to church leaders. He's a blessingand here's another offering of workable wisdom that is sure to bless many."
Jack W. Hayford, chancellor, The King's University
"The number one reason a vision is aborted is because the visionary and the vision carrier aren't aware that a toxic culture existsand that it can bring death and destruction to a church. This is a must-read for the life of your congregation and will create a healthy environment that breathes success and significance. I commend Dr. Samuel Chand for his wealth of experience. He has identified the keys that will reveal where you are and how to fix it."
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Bishop Eddie L. Long, senior pastor, New Birth Missionary Baptist Church