Jubilee Culture: Why is it important to define our culture?
Why is it important to define our culture and how are we going to cultivate it?
So far we have looked at two of the cultural values of Jubilee Church: Family and Honour. Before we look at the other 3 values – passion, courage and authenticity, let us take a look at what Rob said about what we mean by ‘culture’.
Culture for us is about the kind of church we want to be. Think about it: what kind of church do you want to be? What kind of church would you want to be a part of? Culture sets out boundaries that enable us to answer these questions.
Where is a culture found?
Everywhere you look you find culture. You have your own family culture or way of doing things. E.g. holidays. Some friends of ours do incredibly active holidays – that’s how they do it: climbing hills, cycling, running – you name it! Suffice to say we would never go on holiday with them…again! Exhausting!
In your workplace there is a pervading culture, perhaps it’s a ‘long hours’ culture. Everyone who is anyone does 12 hour days at least! You find out how strong that culture is when you try to leave early!
All groups of people have their own culture or ways of doing things, which you pick up as you get to know them and as you try to ‘fit-in’ and become a part of that group of people.
Churches also have their own particular culture and what I have realised having been part of several churches over the years is that culture can either make or break a church.
This is because what is cultivated or allowed to grow amongst that group of people defines it and this will either limit it or cause it to thrive and grow. Culture has to be cultivated.
Find out more about our culture at Jubilee
To find out more about how we are cultivating our culture at Jubilee Church listen to the podcast as Rob defines our culture.