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Individual: $149
Group of 2: $278
Group of 3: $387
Group of 4: $476
Group of 5: $545



Shaping Culture

Fall 2013: September 16-November 6
Winter 2014:
February 3-March 23
Spring 2014: April 17-May 25
Summer 2014: June 9-July 27

Course benefits: Pastors, ministry directors, and individuals leading a team.


What happens "behind the scenes" in the culture of your organization greatly impacts your effectiveness in carrying out your God-given mission. This course is designed for church leaders who want to better understand how to shape their culture in order to encourage the spiritual transformation of those they lead and serve.

The course begins by providing a definition for culture, and then explores the critical role of leadership in shaping a culture that is catalytic to spiritual transformation. You'll evaluate your current culture and explore how to become a stronger leader in shaping healthy culture

Topics include practical principles for establishing a clear understanding of how authority is established, how much ownership individuals feel, and how teams function most effectively. You'll also learn how the leader's tone develops a core of trust and strength in your organization. Other material explores how to build an integrated spiritual culture, organizational rhythms, and the unspoken elements of a culture. Final weeks of the course will offer guidance in crafting your next steps in shaping culture, and help you identify next steps to put the plan in action.

LIFT Online Courses launch when minimum class enrollment is fulfilled.

Course Contributors

Bob Bouwer – Senior Pastor
Senior pastor of Faith Church in Dyer, Indiana, and author of The U-Turn Church: New Direction for Health and Growth.


Dr. Henry Cloud – Virtual Classroom Instructor
Clinical psychologist, speaker, and author of 19 books, including Bounderies and Integrity.


Mindy Caliguire – Lead Instructor, Video Instruction, Written Content
Founder and president of Soul Care, a spiritual transformation ministry, and director of transformation ministry at Willow Creek Association.


Gary Haugen – Video Instruction
Former attorney with the U.S. Department of Justice, he is the President and CEO of International Justice Mission.


Bill Hybels – Video Instruction
Founder and senior pastor of Willow Creek Community Church, South Barrington, Illinois.


Mac Lake – Written Material, Video Instruction
Chief Launch Officer of The Launch Network, a church planting network based out of West Ridge Church near Atlanta.


Pete Scazzero – Video Instruction/Interview and Written Materials
Founder and senior pastor of New Life Fellowship Church in Queens, New York, he is the author of Emotionally Healthy Church and Emotionally Healthy Spirituality.


Jarrett and Jeanne Stevens – Video Instruction
Lead pastors of Soul City Church in Chicago, Illinois. Jeanne is the author of Soul School and What Lies Beneath.


Lance Witt – Virtual Classroom Instructor
A local church pastor for 25 years, including executive and teaching pastor at Saddleback Church, he leads of Replenish, a ministry for church leaders.


Heather Zempel – Video Instruction
Pastor of Discipleship at National Community Church in Washington, DC and author of Sacred Roads: Exploring the Historic Paths of Discipleship.

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