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Cracking Your Church's Culture Code

Author:  Samuel R. Chand
Publisher:  Jossey-Bass
ISBN:  9780470627815
Year of Publication:  2010
Pages:  204

Subtitle: Seven Keys to Unleashing Vision & Inspiration
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Strategies for transforming a toxic church culture

Why is it that the best strategic plans and good leadership often are not able to move churches in the desired direction? Sam Chand contends that toxic culture is to blame. Quite often, leaders don't sense the toxicity, but it poisons their relationships and derails their vision. This work describes five easily identifiable categories of church culture (inspiring-accepting-stagnant-discouraging-toxic), with diagnostic descriptions in the book and a separate online assessment tool. The reader will be able to identify strengths and needs of their church's culture, and then apply practical strategies (communication, control and authority, selection and placement of personnel, etc.) to make their church's culture more positive.

  • Discusses how to diagnose the state of a church's culture
  • Reveals what it takes to put in place effective strategies for creating a more positive church culture
  • Author served on the board of EQUIP (Dr. John Maxwell's Ministry), equipping five million leaders world-wide.

This important book offers a clear guide for understanding and recreating a healthy church culture. 


  1. Culture Trumps Vision
  2. Culture Killers
  3. Seven Keys of Culture
  4. Vocabulary Defines Culture
  5. Change Starts with Me
  6. The Catalyst of Chaos
  7. Changing Vehicles
  8. Yes, You Can!
Appendix 1:  Overview of the Free Culture Survey

Appendix 2:  Strategic Planning Grid

Appendix 3:  To-Do List and Status Report for Major Items



"Dr. Chand said, 'Culture - not vision or strategy - is the most powerful factor in any organization.'  I couldn't agree more, Dr. Chand's latest book, Cracking Your Church's Culture Code, is a must-read for every church leader.  If you want your ministry to move forward, buy this book for everyone on your leadership team!"

- Craig Groeschel, senior pastor, and author, The Christian Atheist

"Cracking Your Church's Culture Code provides a methodical introduction to understanding the idiosyncratic dynamics of your church and their impact on the overall vision of your ministry.  This book is comprehensible and constructive as it reveals the seven important keys to creating a cohesive tone within your organization."

- Bishop T.D. Jakes, The Potter's House of Dallas

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