To achieve our organization’s mission and vision, we desire to cultivate a culture and climate that will support the goals, and determine actions that will make it happen.
A basic definition of organizational culture is the collective way we do things. It involves a set of biblical behaviors and principles that are common knowledge to all the participants. In many ways, culture is like personality. Personality is made up of the values, beliefs, underlying assumptions, interests, experiences, upbringing, and habits that create a person’s behavior.
An organization’s culture is made up of all of the life experiences each person brings to the organization. Culture is especially influenced by the organization’s staff and Council because of their role in decision-making and strategic direction.
One of the surest ways to align the culture to the organization’s mission and vision is to apply leadership practices that are also aligned. The leaders, at all levels, need to know what the required culture is and then determine ways of establishing practices and procedures in all operations that will closely reflect the desired culture. They also need to role model the very behaviors they wish exhibited by everyone in the organization and provide the necessary support to others that will enable them to function accordingly as well.
The right leadership can help create and articulate a vision, strategy, and climate that supports the mission of the organization.
Organizational Culture of Baptist Church Planters Defined
Baptist Church Planters has a personality or culture. The following define in part who we are and how we operate:
- We value our doctrinal statement and policies:
- Our doctrinal statement is based on a literal interpretation of scripture. This results in a dispensational hermeneutic.
- Our separatist position is based on our doctrinal statement and Baptist distinctives.
- We require all churches planted by Baptist Church Planters missionaries to be Baptist in name, both constitutionally and in the published name.
- We do not allow for the propagation of the KJV-only view.
- We value the local church as God’s method of reaching, training and sending people into His work.
- We value cooperation between local churches, mission agencies and associations of like faith and practice. We reach out and fellowship with those of like doctrine and practice.
- We value the input of every Council member, putting equal value on pastors, missionaries and laymen. We have an open Council, valuing the contribution of ideas.
- We value our donors as partners in the mission of church planting, realizing their part in church planting as vital to the overall ministry.
- We value the ideas and views of the church planters on the front line of service. We are a “bottom up” organization administratively.
- We value personal accountability through relationships more than through reports and regulations. Our Regional Field Directors work very closely with the church planters so that their leadership is relationship-driven, not report-driven.
- We value the investment churches and individuals make in church planters, thus expecting church plants to consistently move toward graduation, the ultimate goal.
- We value the needs of each church planter as it relates to his/her support needs and means of raising support. We are flexible in working with each church planter and support.
- We push hard to create the environment “we work for you, the church planter, not the church planter for us.”
- We recognize that God uses a variety of individuals with various abilities, and we value using diverse but biblically-sound methodologies to plant healthy Baptist churches.
- We value the desire to reach into multiple ethnicities with the population of our mission outreach.
- We value visionary leadership that welcomes new ministries and ideas that enhance the work of church planting.
- We value the blend of older and younger missionaries working cohesively as one unit.
- We value the adaptability of the Administration and the Council in the decision-making process while seeing the foundation solid.8/2014