Life is happening all around you and the truth is that you are either a person who creates culture or a person who gets sucked into culture. You are either a victim or an influencer.
The real question is, what are your values? What are the things that really are a big deal to you? Rick Warren says that we attract what we are. This can be a very sobering thought… that the people that are drawn to me obviously share some of my values or ideas. So if you are surrounded by terrible people, guess what?………………………You get the point:)
For leaders this also means that you set the tone for the culture on your team or in your organization. People will be drawn to you because they identify with your values. Even if they don’t agree with your values, they will change their behavior based on the values that you set in place by your example.
For as long as I can remember it has been a big deal to me that I be on time. In our house growing up, “on-time” was ten minutes early. This is something that I have been consistent with for many years. Interestingly enough, when we have a call time for our worship team, they all show up at least twenty minutes before the actual time they need to be there. Every time someone new joins the team, it is actually something they pick up on immediately. Now there are many reasons why they like to get there early. They like to have time to set up their gear and hangout with each other before jumping right into things, but more than that, it is the culture that we have developed and that was very intentional.
I also place value on excellence and being good stewards of the gifts God has given us. This means that I spend a lot of time at home learning songs and practicing. I remember a few years ago we had a new guy playing with us for the first time. He showed up at rehearsal and didn’t know any of the songs. He was shocked that people actually practice… for practice. It has taken time to develop this, but it is now part of our culture that people work hard at home and learn songs before coming to rehearsal.
Neither of these values were in place years ago and neither would have come about naturally. This culture was developed by asking and answering hard questions at a time when it was all an uphill battle. The bottom line is you have to start somewhere. Sometimes things can look too hard and the amount of work can overwhelm us, but if we learn to put core values in place and remain consistent with them, we can change our culture.
What are your values? Does your team know what those values are? How are you being an example of the things you say matter to you?
Here’s a some more of the values that have helped shape the culture of our worship team. I suggest you take time to right down the values of your team or organization and then discuss them.
- Relationships are more important than the music. Those who hangout together play better together.
- We are worshippers not performers.
- We are not after perfection, we are after excellence. (Am I bringing God my best today?)
- Personal rehearsal is crucial. (Am I growing musically? Am I challenging myself to play new things and try new techniques that are outside of my comfort zone.)
- Personal times of Worship are essential. (We minister out of the overflow of what God is doing in us daily.)