H/C Culture Series

 
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Leadership Code

Our leadership code isn't just an inspirational wall hanging. Leaders at Home Church live it daily. It’s just one of the many things that makes Home Church the amazing place it is.

 

“Whatever the matter, it’s a leadership matter”

— Andrew Cherrie

 
 

Leaders Lens

We have a leaders mindset. Whatever the matter, leadership matters. Our team approach every situation, task or challenge with a leaders mindset.

One Vision

We get behind the vision. We value followship as much as we do leadership. We don't wander from the vision, edit or adapt it. We embrace it and live it.

Do Things Right

We do what is right not what is easy. Character matters to us. Not all shortcuts are as good as they look and we don't mind taking the long way around.

Earn It

Leadership is not a title, badge or special entitlement. It's something we earn, an honour and we work hard at it when we receive it.

Face To Face

Our preference is always face-to-face. We are personal. Email, text, group chats are all good communication tools but we never eliminate face to face interaction. We are relational leaders not automated ones.

Dream Big, See Small

We have an expansive, wide open vision but don't neglect the details, daily routine or the person in the picture. It's always about he one.

Agility

Change is our friend and we love it when it turns up. We can adapt and move quickly when opportunity comes knocking. 

Simplify

We always find ways to keep things simple. We love cutting the red tape and bend some rules if necessary. We value clarity and simplicity.

Disagree & Commit

We respectfully challenge decisions when we disagree, even when doing so is uncomfortable. We do not compromise for the sake of social cohesion. However, once a decision is determined, they commit wholly.

Ownership

We take responsibility for everything, every department, every challenge and every mess. It doesn't have to be 'our' thing or our mess, we act as is we own it. 

Develop Leaders

We measure success not in terms of how many followers we have but how many leaders we have raised up. We are confident and empower others.

Organised

Leadership is thought through and planned. If we fail to plan we plan to fail. There are no excuses for late communication, 'winging' it or associating with 'last minute dot com' leadership.

 
 

“Here is a trustworthy saying: Whoever aspires to be an overseer desires a noble task.”

— 1 Timothy 3:1 NIV


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How We Care

Our pastoral care principles are thought through and work in the real world. They work for volunteers or staff and allow us to partner with experts in the field. Whilst not meant to be a complete explanation of how we care for people in Home Church these principles are a great place to start, point us in the right direction and keep us on the same page.

 

“He then asked a second time, “Simon, son of John, do you love me?”

“Yes, Master, you know I love you.”

Jesus said, “Shepherd my sheep.”

— John 21:16 MSG

 
 
 

We Have Time

People need time so we make time

 

Community Wins

The best place to find care and recovery is in community. We work hard to help people find community and equip community to help people. Our relationship with God and relationship with others are two sides of the same coin.

 

Signpost

We don't have all the answers and signpost to professional care givers when we're out of our depth. There are lots of people who are experts in areas we are not. We value and partner with them.

 

Invitation

We don't turn up to the party unless we were invited. We don't stick our nose in where we weren't asked to. Unless someone is obviously in danger of serious harm we respect peoples privacy and wait for an invitation to get involved. 

 

People First

We value people above anything else. We always place people above things, projects, deadlines and goals. Jesus came for people, to restore our relationship with God. He places people first so we do too.

 

Whole Person

We care for the whole person; body, soul and spirit. We believe that emotional health and spiritual maturity are inseparable. It is not possible to be spiritually mature while remaining emotionally immature. If one aspect of our life is unhealthy it will effect the whole.

 

Potential Not Performance

People mess up. People make mistakes. People find themselves in situations they would rather not be in. Our focus is on the future and we talk about the potential of a better tomorrow. We can do this because of Jesus Christ.

 

Generalisation Free Zone

We treat everyone as an individual and try not to stereotype. We sit with people and talk to people. We hear their story. We listen with the intent to understand. We help them in their situation and work hard to keep our church a generalisation free zone.

 

Curious and Observant

We are curious and observant. We don't miss the obvious and are observant enough to notice the less obvious. When someone isn't themselves we ask "are you ok?"

 

We Are Faith People

We bring everything to God in prayer believing He is able to do more than we could hope for or imagine. We are faith people and expect healing, miracles and breakthroughs. Faith is on our mind, in our hearts and in our mouths.

 

The Journey

Caring for people can be a long journey but it's a journey we are committed to traveling. We don't do quick fix, we don't fob people off, we don't brush things under the carpet.44 We care for as long as it takes.

 

Same Page

Our thought through approach, supported by experts in the field and approved by our leaders provides a way of delivering pastoral care that blesses and protects, both the person being cared for and the care giver. 

 

Self-feeding

We care enough to help people feed themselves.Building a dependancy on ourselves is not sustainable long term nor is it healthy. We help people help themselves.

 

Right Thinking

Our focus is on right thinking not right behaviours.We don't focus on behaviour modification. The goal we seek is a renewed mind. Right thinking will result in right behaviours.

 

Policy People

Policies are not the enemy. They are here to help us. We follow and respect our safeguarding policies to protect those in our care as well as those giving care. 

 
 

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Discipleship

It has been said that “we are all disciples of something”. The question is of what; perhaps it's money, power, the latest musician, footballer or another celebrity? As a Christian disciple we are followers of Jesus. This is discipleship in its simplest terms. The word "disciple" is derived from the Koine Greek word mathetes, which means a pupil (of a teacher) or an apprentice (to a master craftsman). The Latin discipulus meaning a learner while the more common English word is student. A disciple is one who learns from a teacher.

 

“Then the eleven disciples went to Galilee, to the mountain where Jesus had told them to go. 17 When they saw him, they worshiped him; but some doubted. 18 Then Jesus came to them and said, “All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me. 19 Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptising them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, 20 and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you. And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age.”

— Matthew 28:16-20

 

The term 'discipleship' designates the whole life response of Christians to Jesus Christ. Everything a Christian believes and does is an aspect of discipleship; the goal of discipleship is to grow ever more Christ-like in every aspect of life.

Discipleship is a popular word, often used vaguely and ambiguously. It’s actually quite simple. Discipleship is the relationship between a teacher (discipler) and student (disciple).

Discipleship is a journey, not a destination.

Discipleship is about having your character formed by the Spirit. It involves responding to God, living in fellowship with other Christians and having your entire personality - your instincts and everything - shaped by Jesus.

Paul speaks of being formed, shaped or transformed in the epistles (e.g. Galatians 4:19, Romans 12:2). Spiritual formation is the transformation or shaping of a disciple.

 

CHARACTERISTICS OF A DISCIPLE

According to Scripture, being a Christian disciple involves personal growth characterised by the following:

Putting Jesus first in all things (Mark 8:34-38).

Following Jesus' teachings (John 8:31-32).

Fruitfulness (John 15:5-8).

Love for other disciples (John 13:34-35).

Making disciples of others (Matthew 28:18-20).

 
 
 

Discipleship Principles

Although not a complete explanation of our discipleship process these principles keep us on the same page. 

 

 

Organic Not Linear

Rather than ad­her­ing to a blan­ket model, we tai­lor cur­ricu­lum and growth opportunities to in­di­vid­ual ap­ti­tudes and in­ter­ests of people. 

“Every stu­dent has a dis­tinctly dif­fer­ent learn­ing style. Teach­ers and train­ers should adapt their les­son plans to this cen­tral fact.”
— Hold On, You Lost Me! Use Learning Styles to Create Training that Sticks. Jeanine O'Neill Blackwell and Bernice McCarthy
 

“The cur­rent “in­dus­trial model” of ed­u­ca­tion de­rives from the false no­tion of a lin­ear path to suc­cess and en­forces stan­dard­ised, one-size-fits-all cur­ric­ula. This model fails to help learn­ers dis­cover their unique tal­ents and cre­ates a cul­ture where few peo­ple feel pas­sion­ate about their work. Ed­u­ca­tors must aban­don the par­a­digms of the in­dus­trial model and rec­og­nise that learn­ing “is not lin­ear, it’s or­ganic.” Rather than ad­her­ing to a blan­ket model, each school should tai­lor its cur­ricu­lum to the in­di­vid­ual ap­ti­tudes and in­ter­ests of its stu­dents.”

— Bring on the learning revolution. Sir Ken Robinson.

Failing Forward

Our culture is such that it's ok to make mistakes. We learn best when we have the courage to step out of the boat. It's ok to make a mistake. Better to try and fail than never to have tried at all.

“The great­est course in the world will fail to pro­duce re­sults if the en­vi­ron­ment to which the learner re­turns is bar­ren or hos­tile.”
— The Six Disciplines of Breakthrough Learning. Calhoun Wick, Roy Pollock, Andrew Jefferson and Richard Flanagan Pfeiffer, 2006

Power Within

The Holy Spirit lives within every believer and empowers us to do more than we could ever have imagined. We learn faster when we take courage and know we are not alone - the power is within.

Follow Through

We don't just teach and run. We follow through, we coach, we mentor and we stay in the picture to help the growth mature.

“Learn­ing is not an event, it is a process.”
— The Six Disciplines of Breakthrough Learning. Calhoun Wick, Roy Pollock, Andrew Jefferson and Richard Flanagan Pfeiffer, 2006
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Practitioners Not Theorists

Teaching is the least most impacting form of development. If not used it simply becomes a theory. We preference apprenticeship, mentoring and coaching. We provide opportunity for people to put into practice what they have learnt and to learn 'on the job'.


“70:20:10 Principle suggests that the optimal sources of learning by successful managers are as follows;
10% Formal classroom instruction and online training.
20% Informal learning from other people; colleges , coaches and extended networks.
70% Doing the work”

— The 70:20:10 model was created in the 1980s by three researchers and authors working with the Center for Creative Leadership, a nonprofit educational institution in Greensboro, N.C. The three, Morgan McCall, Michael M. Lombardo and Robert A. Eichinger, were researching the key developmental experiences of successful managers.

Renewed Mind

The change we seek is done from the inside out, through the power of the Holy Spirit. It isn’t something we can conjure up on our own. we are not focused on behaviour modification but instead the goal is a renewed mind. 

Better Seen Than Heard

Words are an indication of what's happening on the inside but maturity in the faith is far better seen the day to day behaviours of the individual. We are not impressed with talk of the fruit, smell of the fruit or rumours of the fruit - we look for the actual fruit.

Emotionally Healthy

In his book 'The Emotionally Healthy Church', Peter Scazzero strongly believes that "emotional health and spiritual maturity are inseparable." He goes on to say "It is impossible to be spiritually mature when remaining emotionally immature." We agree.

It's More About Whats Beneath Than What's Above

We help people put down roots believing their fruit is in their roots.

It's Not Automatic

Intentional growth beats accidental learning every day of the week. Oswald Sanders put it well when he said "Maturity requires sincere mortal effort as well as dependence on the Holy Spirit." We must 'do something' to spark the growing process and 'keep doing something' to keep growing.

 
 

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