As I was reading Sam Chand’s book, Cracking Your Church’s Culture (San Francisco: Jossey-Bass, 2011), I came across 9 characteristics of an unhealthy organizational culture (page 34):
1. Unrealistic demands
2. Blaming others
3. Feeling threatened by others’ success
4. Power struggles
6. Creating an atmosphere of fear
7. Using people instead of valuing people
8. Unclear vision, strategy, goals, and values
9. A lack of authenticity
Perhaps you’ve seen some of these unhealthy characteristics in your family as you were growing up or you see them now in your current job. If you stay in a culture like this too long, these characteristics may begin to negatively shape your life.
The only way to reverse these unhealthy characteristics is through love, which practically plays out in trust and respect. When people within a family, team, or ministry love each other, they’ll trust and respect one another.
But in order to risk loving people, we must embrace God’s unconditional love for us in Jesus. Once we become secure in God’s love for us, we’re willing to risk loving people regardless of how they respond to us.
Marinate on that,