That question has challenged me. Like so many things in our lives the “knowing-doing” gap is so much larger than what we aspire to. We know so much of what we should be doing, but find it difficult to translate it into real behaviors or habits in our lives.
We readily understand Paul in Romans 7:15 and 18 where he says, “I do not understand my own actions. For I do not do what I want, but I do the very thing I hate.”
We find this to be true so often in the lives of our organizations as well. In both our lives and in our ministries we have to realize that in of ourselves, we don’t have the capacity to generate lasting and permanent change – only the Spirit of God working in our lives will accomplish that – individually and corporately. So to truly live out the core values of our ministries we need to first to seek the Lord to make the changes in us and in the ministry.
Next, there are some things we can do. Michael Hyatt has an excellent post on this – click here to read the post.
At Thomas Nelson, they have six methods for communicating their values:
1. We live our values
2. We teach our values
3. We reward our values
4. We hire new people based on our values
5. We review people based on our values
6. We let people go based on our values
These are some good suggestions.
Question – how do you go about translating the core values of your ministry into real behaviors?