In their book “Built to Last” Collins and Porras discuss what the successful and visionary companies do to be great. They discuss how great organizations have a “cult-like culture” where every employee must adapt to the leader’s vision in order for the company to thrive. In fact there are four common characteristics of cults that apply to this organizational philosophy:
- Fervently held ideology – All employees believe strongly in the company ideology.
- Indoctrination – Management is responsible for introducing and encouraging the proper work culture to employees.
- Tightness of fit – Employees who do not believe in the corporate ideology should change organizations.
- Elitism – Recognizing the sense of responsibility that comes from being a member of a visionary company.
Obviously their research backs up the effectiveness of this philosophy. However, this approach simply ported over to the church world could cause damage to your people and your ministry. Before you apply, consider the following ways to take the cult out of your culture: