The LIFT Project: Shaping Culture: Quarterback or Coach?

“Are you a quarterback who makes plays or a coach who makes players?” is the quote I have been chewing on since my first class in Shaping Culture as part of the LIFT project.

In processing the quarterback or coach quote, I remembered what one fellow student posted in our online discussion, as he floated the idea of player-coach.

For myself quarterback or coach is more of a continuum with making plays on one side and making players on the other. I put myself leaning more to the making plays then making players. Weekend messages involves making plays. Releasing people for ministry more in the making players mold. If you were to evaluate your leadership at this point, are you more on the quarterback side of making plays or the coach side of making players?

Since the 3 online videos I watched this week and discussed with classmates, I have thought of a goal worth pursuing: To be  coach who raises up other coaches. If you trace the coaches that worked with Bill Walsh and the impact they had on the NFL, you come across a line of winning organizations. Part of the mindset for myself in shaping culture is equipping others (Ephesians 4:12, my job description verse of equipping the saints for ministry). Part of what I hope to process in this class on shaping culture is how to move more towards coach then quarterback.

This 1st class of shaping culture highlighted the 3 areas of culture we will look at in the weeks ahead:

1. Spiritual Culture

The class is designed for church leaders, and church’s in particular focus on spiritual matters, but the truths apply to all people. Some of the questions we will cover (perhaps you know the answers?), How God conversations happen best with your team?

2. Relational Culture

Practice the presence of people. I had heard of “practice the presence of God” from Brother Lawrence. Lance Witt in the video talked about in shaping culture, the need to practice the presence of people. For a task oriented person like myself, a good reminder to trigger interaction.

Part of the challenge here is thinking like a coach more then a quarterback. In the comments from the class, silo ministry was seen as a danger in building a strong relational culture. Coaches make sure the whole team works together for a common goal and for team growth.

3. Organizational Health

Just as the human body is a collection of systems that need to be healthy for the body to stay healthy, so is organizational health important to a healthy church. “Good systems build good behaviors build good habits build good teams” was my favorite Lance Witt quote from this part.

The key in all 3 is to build from the gifts our great God gives to build great people to build great teams. I am eager in the weeks ahead to continue to learn the truths that will help shape culture. Even more I am eager to move from quarterback to coach to a coach who builds coaches.

As you look at culture in your church, what are some of the characteristics of those you would call “coaches” who made great players? Or even more made other great coaches?


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