7 Pitfalls of Bad Church Culture

Bad culture ruins everything it comes in contact with. Read about how to avoid the biggest pitfalls of all.

It doesn’t matter how strong your vision is. You can have the greatest strategy, but if the culture is bad — forget it. You aren’t going to be as effective as you could be.

Working with a couple of churches recently, I discovered some more ramifications of bad culture. It was obvious from an outside view.

Bad culture:

  • Corrupts the organizational structure.
  • Controls the growth potential.
  • Confuses the team’s communication.
  • Collides with good vision.
  • Curtails any future momentum.
  • Contaminates good team members.
  • Condemns the team to mediocrity.

As leaders, we try to make our organizations bigger and better. The truth is, however, that many times, it’s the culture that is holding the team back from growing. It’s the culture that keeps things from being healthy. It’s the culture that’s frustrating people and causing burnout.

Do you want to improve the organization’s effectiveness? Have you ever worked in an environment of bad culture?

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Ron Edmondson
Ron Edmondson is a pastor and church leader passionate about planting churches, helping established churches thrive, and assisting pastors and those in ministry think through leadership, strategy and life. Ron has over 20 years business experience, mostly as a self-employed business owner, and he's been helping church grow vocationally for over 10 years.