DNA is what carries the unique genetic code in all living organisms. It is why some people have blue eyes and others have brown eyes. DNA carries the messages that make you, you.
A trending topic in marketplace leadership is organizational DNA, which identifies the traits that make each organization what it is. It’s what permeates every aspect of an organization, creating that organization’s culture.
One part of organizational DNA for which clarity is key is vision. Clarity around vision can be tricky because it is tricky to even get a clear definition of what vision is in/for an organization. At CCC, we’ve clarified vision as an overarching “what mission looks like” description. It is the picture of what we see and strive for on the horizon.
The mission of CCC is: inviting people into a growing relationship with Jesus Christ. So, what does that look like? The way it’s described in terms of a vision statement is: Creating a healthy church where people become wholehearted followers of Jesus Christ.
Part 2 (Healthy DNA) of CCC’s Refresh series dug into the idea of vision, how healthy things grow and creating healthy environments to engage people with the message of right relationship with God and following Jesus.
Accomplishing the mission means reaching more people, and reaching more people means growth – one key component to growth is that it should be healthy growth.
Take a few minutes to read Matthew 13:1-9; 18-23 and the next step of considering the following questions about cultivating a healthy DNA.
- What do you know about DNA & the genetic code it carries in living organisms?
- Why is it important to have healthy DNA?
- Why did the seeds that fell on the footpath not take root? How does this relate to the condition of human hearts?
- Why did the seeds that fell on the rocky ground not survive? How does this relate to the condition of human hearts?
- Why did the seeds that fell among the thorns get choked out? How does this relate to the condition of human hearts?
- What types of things can choke out a person’s interest in the message of right relationship with God and following Jesus?
- Why did the seeds that fell on the fertile soil take root and grow into healthy plants? How does this relate to the condition of human hearts?
- What does it mean to produce a crop 30, 60, and even 100 times as much as was planted? How does that relate to the types of lives we live?
- When it comes to church & following Jesus, why is it important to plant seeds & cultivate health?
- What next steps will you take to plant seeds & cultivate health?
There is a general agreement that healthy things grow. However, there are also unhealthy things that grow as well. For example, bitterness and flu viruses grow. If left unchecked, the unhealthy things that grow can choke out the healthy things we desire (or should desire) to grow.
This is true individually and it’s true in organizations of all types, including the church. In gaining clarity around vision, it is essential for a church (or any organization or individual) to be intentional about keeping unhealthy things at bay so healthy things can grow and embed themselves into the DNA.
When Jesus told the story of the farmer planting seeds in his field, those seeds planted in receptive soil produced a crop much more than the seed that was planted. It is essential for the church to cultivate healthy relationships and environments to engage people with the message of right relationship with God and following Jesus.
Today is Monday – make it a day where you plant seeds and cultivate growth.