Episode 22: Transparency and Trust Build Culture // Bill Blocker, College of Biblical Studies

Listen to the Audio   Challenge When Bill Blocker became president of College of Biblical Studies in Houston, two goals rose to the top: Articulate the mission And get everyone’s buy in Blocker realized, however, that neither outcome would matter without achieving a third goal—seeing every staff and faculty engaged with passion and energy. Strategy Blocker…

Transparency and Trust Build Culture: College of Biblical Studies – Houston Case Study

What president or CEO wouldn’t want to cultivate the kind of transparency and  trust  that can generate staff unity, organizational effectiveness and ministry impact? But what if turbulent events preceding your arrival meant you had to essentially start from a deficit position? Challenge When Bill Blocker came to the College of Biblical Studies in Houston…

Creating a Social Covenant Helps Build and Empower Relationships at Gateway Church

The mega-church that’s found a way to create and sustain high levels of trust among its staff of 600 over multiple locations! Challenge: Gateway Church in Dallas regularly receives 26,000 individuals to its five weekend services. Welcoming and integrating this many people into worship and service has increasingly required its staff to work together and…

Joni and Friends Case Study: Powerful Results Through Integration Management

Your organization can be “pedal to the metal,” and still lurching—if you’re not firing on all cylinders Need: How could Joni and Friends, a revered international ministry that evangelizes and disciples thousands of persons affected by disabilities keep from succumbing to unneeded silos or territorial boundaries, constant (and unsettling surprises) and ensuing mistrust among a…

Investing in Physical Well Being Pays Spiritual Dividends: A Church of the Rock Case Study

How do you improve the health of your ministry team? Just exercise a little ingenuity. . . . Need: Talk about an issue that weighed heavy on a pastor. Mark Hughes, Pastor of Church of the Rock in Winnipeg, Manitoba recently confessed: “Maybe it’s because I’ve always been passionate about physical fitness and eating well.…

How Transparent Relatinships Help Build Flourishing Cultures: A Church Web Works Case Study

Can you see how transparency and honesty changed this workplace for the better? True Story: It’s 2001, and you’re in a brisk start-up business, when suddenly your venture capital vanishes. Quicker than you can say “pink slip” you and your colleagues are jobless. That was the day Gavin Fysh and two fellow software engineers asked…

Purposeful Goals, Relationships And Compensation Builds A Flourishing Culture

Fielder Church in Arlington TX is growing in joy and excitement among the staff and congregation. How do you recruit and retain the kind of stellar, gifted people that can make your ministry thrive? The answer, as one executive pastor discovered, may surprise you. Need: Four years ago, Fielder Church in Arlington, Texas was feeling…

Building Trust Between Ministry Staff and Constituents Bears Fruit

What if you could increase the level of trust, openness and transparency both in your workplace and with your constituents, simultaneously—in the fun and sun of the great outdoors? Need: Alabama Baptist Children’s Homes & Family Ministries was facing three unique challenges at once: 1) meet the state requirements of training and equipping foster and…

Scorecards Focus Ministry With Encouragement and Accountability: A CCO Case Study

Have you ever asked yourself, “Is what I am doing helping me reach my goals?” Need: That’s what regional leaders with the Coalition for Christian Outreach often lived with, as ministry with college students can be a tough thing to measure. The CCO’s EVP, Vince Burens, Board Chair in waiting, Ken Smith, and a few…

How Silo-Busting Builds Unity at C&MA Headquarters

    How a siloed mentality between ministry teams was transformed into a unified approach that’s creating greater Kingdom impact. Problem: Personality-driven differences and a traditional structure had produced a climate in which the Web Office and the core Technology Group of The Christian and Missionary Alliance (C&MA) found collaboration challenging. Says CFO Ken Baldes,…