Sunday, August 2, 2009

Core Values

Today’s question from the 20 questions for leaders that Michael Smith of ClearView Baptist Church in Franklin, Tennessee asked Mike Hyatt deals with communication. How do you or other leaders in your organization communicate the “core values”?

They are being taught from the pulpit. They are being taught from the Sunday school classrooms. They are being taught by the Awana workers. And I hope that parents are teaching them in the home.

That was short, so let’s look at another question. How do you encourage others in your organization to communicate the “core values”?

When you place these questions in the context of a church, some of them seem almost too obvious. Is not one of the core values to communicate the core values? As we communicate the core values we are also encouraging their communication.

Do you set aside specific times to cast vision to your employees and other leaders?

No, not usually.

How do you ensure the your organization and its activities are aligned with your “core values”?

If the core values are being communicated well and everyone involved is seriously asking what their ministry is doing to either spread the gospel or to teach others what Jesus taught, then it usually isn't a problem. There are occassions, however, when someone has his or her pet ministry that isn't really accomplishing anything. There's always that question of whether it is worth making an issue over or whether it is better to just wait until the person dies and let the ministry die with her. Then there's always the possiblity of getting that person so involved in something else that the unuseful ministry dies anyway. I don't know that there is always a good answer.

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