Look Before You Lead: How to Discern and Shape Your Church Culture

by Aubrey Malphurs. Baker Books, 2013.

This book helps congregations lead cultural change by providing an overview, practical assessments and leadership strategies to shape culture.


surveys, audits, the basics of culture, how churches interact with culture, how leaders can understand the culture of their congregation, shaping culture, discussion questions

Best For

clergy and lay leaders


purchase as a book or e-book

Suggested Uses

  • Evaluate values, beliefs, and leadership resources using the surveys in this resource in order to understand your congregation's identity.
  • Form a strategy to revitalize your congregation by getting leaders to discuss and understand how churches engage with culture.

About the Contributor

Melissa Spas

Melissa Spas is the managing director of the Lake Institute on Faith & Giving, where she develops and leads educational programs and partnerships with religious organizations and the people who lead them. She has also worked for leadership education at Duke Divinity, where she contributed to the development, design, and delivery of strategic leadership programs and resources for Christian institutions. 

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