Thriving in a Healthy Culture

Kerry Clarensau


“Outdo one another in showing honor” (Romans 12:10b, ESV).

Every ministry has a distinct culture—it is the intangible atmosphere or environment that dramatically influences the way things are done and directly impacts the effectiveness of the ministry. Culture is shaped over time by shared beliefs, attitudes, goals, and behaviors.

For our vision to be accomplished we must intentionally create a life-giving environment. The culture we establish in our leadership team will not only impact our effectiveness, it will be duplicated throughout our church. With so much at stake, let’s commit to a biblical standard and create an atmosphere that will inspire others to excellence and spiritual maturity!

The Standard

Humble Service in the Body of Christ.

For by the grace given me I say to every one of you: Do not think of yourself more highly than you ought, but rather think of yourself with sober judgment, in accordance with the faith God has distributed to each of you. For just as each of us has one body with many members, and these members do not all have the same function, so in Christ we, though many, form one body, and each member belongs to all the others. We have different gifts, according to the grace given to each of us. If your gift is prophesying, then prophesy in accordance with your faith; if it is serving, then serve; if it is teaching, then teach; if it is to encourage, then give encouragement; if it is giving, then give generously; if it is to lead,  do it diligently; if it is to show mercy, do it cheerfully (Romans 12:3-8, NIV).

Read Romans 12:9-21 also.

Our Challenge

1        Serve with humility


2        Commit to unity


3        Operate in our individual gifts


4        Cheer one another one—No compete clause


5        Serve with excellence


6        Be devoted to one another


7        Commit to personal, life-giving spiritual disciplines


8        Offer time and hospitality to one another


9        Never speak negatively about others–even those who don’t support our ministry


10      Always aim for the good of one another and the ministry

If you are a leader, consider having your team sign and date the following commitment:

My Commitment

As a mature follower of Christ, I am challenged to serve this team with humility, excellence, and honor. I commit to faithfully using my gifts, loving others well, giving good and not evil, and always desiring what is best for the Body of Christ.

KERRY CLARENSAU serves as the North Texas District Women's Ministries Director.