Messages: Culture is intentionally shaped as the right messages are consistently and clearly communicated to the staff, church leaders and membership

A Simple Formula for Inculcating a Message Into Church Culture

“Inculcate” is defined as instilling an idea, attitude, habit or value into a culture or organization through persistent instruction. Therefore, if you want to weave a message of importance into the fabric of your church culture you must be intentional in words and actions.

There is no silver bullet for imbedding a message into a church culture, but rather requires a consistent and systematic approach. To that end it is helpful to remember the maxim, “What you Communicate, Elevate, Celebrate and Demonstrate is what you Cultivate.”

What You Communicate, Elevate, Celebrate and Demonstrate is What You Cultivate

COMMUNICATE means to convey information about or to make known.

When you strategically communicate a message you raise awareness, understanding, concern and dissatisfaction which are prerequisites to taking the desired action.

ELEVATE means to promote or raise to a higher level of importance.

When key leaders increase the frequency, visibility and the intensity of a message they communicate its importance and priority.

CELEBRATE means to extol, praise and proclaim publically.

When you consistently recognize results, acknowledge successes and praise those who model the message, you communicate value and effectiveness and encourage imitation.

DEMONSTRATE means to show clearly and deliberately by example.

Often people pay more attention to what leaders do than what they say. When leaders model their message through changed behaviors it authenticates the message and the messenger and inspires imitation.

CULTIVATE means to promote and foster growth.

When leaders intentionally and repeatedly communicate, elevate, celebrate and demonstrate a message they soon instill that message in their followers.



Posted on April 12, 2016

Jim Baker

Jim is a Church Organizational Leadership and Management Coach, Consultant and Trainer. Throughout his career Jim has demonstrated a passion for showing Pastors and Ministers how to use organizational tools for church and personal growth and health.

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