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The Flourishing Culture Podcast

Welcome to the Flourishing Culture Podcast, brought to you by the Best Christian Workplaces Institute. Each week, we bring you timely, transformative truths from the Christian workplace you can use to build a flourishing culture and a thriving organization. Listen in as Al Lopus, President of BCWI, conducts interviews with Best Christian Workplace leaders. Learn more at www.bcwinstitute.org.
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Mar 19, 2018

As you know, there are many benefits of having a healthy employee culture. One positive outcome that’s not often talked about is how a healthy culture makes leadership transition easier for an organization.

That’s the story going on at Redeemer Presbyterian Church throughout the leadership transition of well known senior pastor, Tim Keller.

To tell us this story and shed some practical insights for what Redeemer’s experience can mean for you, I want to welcome my guest, Chris Dolan, Director of Information Services at Redeemer Presbyterian Church in New York City. Welcome, Chris. Thanks for joining us. today

Find full show notes here http://blog.bcwinstitute.org/s3-e31-chris-dolan-2018/

Mar 12, 2018

At this moment, I’m looking at a web site that says these startling words:

TONIGHT, UP TO 7,000 PEOPLE FACE HOMELESSNESS IN METRO ATLANTA.

Jim Reese is the President and CEO of the Atlanta Mission, and he’s with me, today.

Jim, I’m inspired by how Atlanta Mission transforms, through Christ, the lives of those facing homelessness.

Last year, alone, the Atlanta Mission:

· made available more than 237,534 nights of shelter provided for individuals, and

· helped more than 175 people obtain employment.

And true to your calling last year, the Atlanta Mission ended Homelessness for 491 people.

Jim, you and I know that this kind of impactful, life-changing ministry work begins with the people, the culture, of the Atlanta Mission.

Find full show notes here http://blog.bcwinstitute.org/s3e30-jim-reese-atlanta-mission/

Mar 5, 2018

Over the course of over 20 years helping equip hundreds of organizations to improve the health of their culture, leaders will often ask this question: “Can you give us ideas to rapidly improve our culture?”

Many healthy-to-flourishing culture turnarounds come about through months, even years of good, hard work. Still, there are times when you can accelerate your progress to improve the health of your culture.

Today, I’m very excited for you to meet two ministry leaders who in fact found a way to accelerate the transformation of their culture’s health—and the results were tremendous.

In fact, their improvement is one of the greatest improvements in the 15-year history of BCWI clients that have dramatically increased the health of their culture in just one year between taking their first and second annual Employee Engagement Survey. Their story just might be the springboard you need to catapult the health of your culture and see the positive results sooner than later.

My guests, today, on the Flourishing Culture Podcast are Paul Richardson, the President and Michael Joshua, the Vice President of Finance, for Bible League Canada in Grimsby, Ontario.

Find full show notes here  http://blog.bcwinstitute.org/s3e29-bible-league-canada

Feb 19, 2018

Our mission is to equip and inspire Christian leaders to build a flourishing workplace. While a majority of our listeners are working in churches and Christian non-profits, a healthy segment are Christians who either own a business, or who are involved in a Christian-owned business.

Mike Sharrow is the President and CEO of C12 Group, the largest network of Christian CEOs, business owners, and executives.

Mike has an extensive background in large companies, start-ups and the local church. He knows how a healthy, flourishing culture equates to organizational effectiveness. What he has to share with us is going to benefit you in more ways than one.

Find full shownotes here http://blog.bcwinstitute.org/s3-e27-mike-sharrow-c12-group

Feb 12, 2018

How healthy is your employee culture? How can you find out? And if you happen to find out your culture is not quite where you’d like it to be, what do you do?

Our guest today, has a very compelling answer to share. His name is Scott Kissel and he’s the Senior Executive Pastor at Timberline Church in Fort Collins, CO.

In the past two years, Scott has been at the center of the culture transformation of Timberline Church for the past two years. I can’t wait for him to share the true stories, biblical principlesand practical action steps that can help you build your workplace culture and increase your ministry impact.

Find full show notes here http://blog.bcwinstitute.org/s3e26-scott-kissel-timberline-church

 

Feb 5, 2018

Here’s a quiz for you: Can you name the three most important things that drive the health of your culture? 

When you know these three essential drivers of a flourishing, healthy culture I’m about to share with you, you can leverage them to tremendous advantage:  

  • Your people will feel more engaged than ever. 
  • Individuals, teams, departments—and the entire organization—will experience greater levels of trust, unity, productivity and effectiveness. 
  • Your culture’s improving health will be a fantastic end in itself. 
  • And, as you already know, a healthier, growing culture leads to greater organizational effectiveness. 

And it all leads back to these three keys that can help you build the health of your culture.  

I want to put these three keys in your hand, and to make that happen, I want to welcome back BCWI communications consultant, Mark Cutshall, to host our podcast.

Find full shownotes here http://blog.bcwinstitute.org/s3e25-al-lopus-mark-cutshall-bcwi

Jan 29, 2018

Today is a celebration for me, personally. As we read in scripture, when a person comes to faith in Christ, the angels celebrate. Well, I believe the same is true when a toxic workplace culture of a Christian organization changes for the better and becomes healthy. This is especially true in Christian higher education.

Ten years ago, I sat across from the table from a new university President and said something I almost never say to a leader I’ve had the privilege to serve. I said, “Joseph, given the serious current challenges, I don’t know if it’s possible to change the faculty and staff culture of your University.”

Yet, here we are, a decade later celebrating the dramatic change in the health faculty and staff culture at Northwest University in the neighboring Seattle city of KirklandWashington.

Dr. Joseph Castleberry, the President of Northwest University. It’s a real honor to have you with us today. Welcome to the Flourishing Culture podcast.

Find full show notes here http://blog.bcwinstitute.org/s3e24-joe-castleberry-northwest-university/

Jan 15, 2018

Do you have enough leaders to fuel your organizations future growth? In the next few minutes, you’re going to learn about a very, very effective leadership development strategy. Whether you’re in a church, a parachurch organization, or a business, I think you’re in for a treat.

With me is Tara VanderSande, Staff Development Director for Willow Creek Community Church. For the past 9 years, Tara has worked to build, refine, and take Willow Creek’s leadership development to new levels.

I’ve asked her to take us inside the strategy that she and her Willow Creek colleagues have used to train, equip, and empower more than 500 leaders at all levels—including work with volunteers.

Tara, you’re one of our top 10 most popular guests here on the Flourishing Culture Podcast. Welcome!

Find full show notes here  http://blog.bcwinstitute.org/s3e22-tara-vandersande-willow-creek-community-church

Jan 8, 2018

Hello, and thanks for joining us. Noted investor and financial advisor, Martin Zweig, has a famous saying: “Trends are your friends.”

Today, we’re going to look at eight culture trends for 2018. With me today, to help guide the conversation is BCWI team member, Mark Cutshall. Mark, what do you say, we unpack these eight important trends.

Thanks, Al. 2018 culture trends for Christian organizations and churches are already emerging against the societal trends of 2017: Donald Trump, Bitcoin, Tax Reform, Immigration, refugees, racial tension, online streaming is taking over TV, self-driving cars online shopping and, of course, Uber.

So Al, lead off and give us your first culture trend potentially driving Christian organizational culture in 2018.

Find full show notes here http://blog.bcwinstitute.org/s3-e21-eight-culture-trends-for-2018

Jan 1, 2018

Today, we’re going to talk about trends. Trends help us stay cutting-edge in our work and get a glimpse of the future in real time. They help us get a jump on ways to improve our work and sharpen our direction. Knowing trends helps us to be more effective. 

7 Trends for Christian Workplaces in 2017 // Al Lopus, BCWI President

Find the full show notes at http://blog.bcwinstitute.org/s2-e13-2017-trends

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