The final foundational issue that we must take a look at is the issue of competing values. This is a concept that has just begun to get traction in the last few years. But it is critical to understand. Individuals and churches are loaded with competing values, and these competing values tend to get a whole lot of churches into all kinds of conflict and difficulties because the whole process is not well understood. So let’s take a closer look.
I was recently coaching in two places, one right after the other. The first was at the FAA with a top executive who was telling me how she was experiencing the agency. The agency contained a set of values that we deemed essential to align the workforce and fulfill the mission (A safe and efficient National Air Space). This executive went on to explain how, in real time, one or more of these values were violated by various leaders within the organization.
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