Cracking Your Church’s Culture Code: Seven Keys to Unleashing Vision and Inspiration

by Samuel R. Chand. Jossey-Bass, 2010.

Beginning from the premise that church culture is more important to a congregation’s success than the vision of the ministry, author, pastor and leadership consultant Sam Chand seeks to help readers understand their church’s culture, and find a way to drive church culture toward health. Identifying five categories of church culture, which he calls inspiring, accepting, stagnating, discouraging and toxic, author Sam Chand provides leaders with a way to understand the dynamics within their congregation, apart from mission, strategic planning, or leadership itself. He then goes on to discuss ways that congregations can talk about culture, work through conflict, and catalyze positive change. In addition to the resources provided in the book itself, Chand has made a number of resources available {{online |}}, including a free culture {{survey |}} as a starting point for understanding a congregation’s current culture.