Every local church develops its own identity or D.N.A. The uniqueness of a church is molded by a variety of elements that influence the overall dynamics and model. A great metaphor for describing church culture is the illustration of an iceberg. Some elements of culture, like the tip of an iceberg, are visible and sit above the surface of the water, whereas others elements of culture, like the larger body of the iceberg, are hidden well below the waterline. The visible features are easy to observe and communicate something tangible about values and we all know first impressions can be very important. However, it is the invisible elements of church culture which we hold most vital to church health and well-being.
This deeper level of culture to be cultivated is best described by the word “ethos”. An ethos is the unwritten, unspoken assumptions about the reality of people and life which happen implicitly, so that they occur as a natural outflow of the hearts and minds of people in the church. An ethos can be difficult to define because it emanates from concepts such as grace, mercy, compassion, justice and humility. Although it is invisible, the ethos of a group is the prevailing spirit, it gives impetus and direction to everything the church does like a powerful current in the ocean. It either carries us closer to the vision or further away from it.
While an ethos is hard to articulate, we’ve developed seven statements which in some ways reflect the D.N.A. of Katalyst church. They are:
- Dedicated to love without limits
- A diverse body united in purpose
- Willing to challenge cultural norms
- Partnering in God’s Kingdom
- Choosing Hope in all circumstances
- Experiencing God’s relevance in everything we do
- Making evident our restoration through God’s power
What motivates us?
This D.N.A. is based on our core beliefs. That is, we strive to live God’s way; surrendered to His authority and purposes, motivated by the amazing story of Jesus and determined to live by the power of the Holy Spirit.
1. Doing Justice We always strive to do what is right in God’s eyes and not live by worldly standards. It doesn’t mean we are perfect and don’t make mistakes. God is righteous and our commitment to be like Him is reflected in our pursuit of holiness and truth. Embedded in this zeal for justice…