Bill Hybels explaining the journey Willow Creek Community Church took to create a flourishing culture. The chart reflects the improvements in their BCWI scores over the past five years.
Ask Bill Hybels, Senior Pastor of the Willow Creek Community Church, if he’s always loved his job. To describe a low point, he will likely point to 2008 when the Best Christian Workplaces survey revealed that Willow’s staff culture was at a near toxic level. Five years later, after many mutual apologies, intensive manager training and a recommitment to Christ-like service —Willow’s staff is experiencing sustained new heights of productivity, ministry effectiveness and job satisfaction.
“How satisfied are you with your job?” Hybels recently asked his congregation. “Because you’re going to spend a third of your life working—the best eight to ten hours of your day—your work experience is either going to add significant levels of satisfaction to your overall life, or create a misery index that is going to be tough to overcome with the remaining hours of every day.”
Hybels believes one’s job satisfaction, whatever the workplace, hinges on these four critical alignments:
- Passion Alignment. “Somewhere in everybody’s hardwiring is a passion for something. When you identify your God-given passion and align it with your job, the result can be magical.”
- Culture Alignment. As Hybels and Willow’s entire staff discovered through the BCWI survey, individual passion must be unified if ministry vision and outcomes are to be magnified. “It’s extremely difficult for ten people to row a boat to the other side of the lake when only three are rowing, five are napping and the other two are doing their best to sink the boat. A united, enthusiastic and flourishing staff is going to win the race, every time. The performance differential between a toxic staff and a flourishing staff is breathtaking. You can feel it around our church.”
- Challenge Alignment. The target, says Hybels isn’t being under-challenged, or dangerously over-challenged, or even appropriately challenged, but rather to be rightly challenged. “Doing your best work is like working a muscle. Just the right about of challenge will develop your capabilities.”
- Compensation Alignment. “Aligning your passion with how to provide for your family can be difficult. Scripture states that if you are a provider for others, it’s your first obligation. On the other hand, some people take on part-time work for the freedom to be elbow deep in the work of God aligned with their passion.” Hybels good word to those feeling out of alignment: “Thank God for the Holy Spirit who gives us wisdom” (James 1:5).
“What would happen if, on Monday morning, every one of us went to work and aligned our passion to our vocation to be a blessing to people?” asks Hybels. “Will you be that person this week and be a force for God, a force for good?”
Listen to Bill Hybels as he concludes “Satisfied?,” a series that unlocks the keys to a satisfied life, as found in the book of Ecclesiastes.
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