Facebook’s Five Core Values and What It Means for Your Ministry

When Mark Zuckerberg wrote a letter to potential investors, he unpacked the five values that guide everything at Facebook.

HERE THEY ARE

Focus on Impact: Solve the most important problems that make the biggest difference.  Zuckerberg reminds his team that it’s very easy to waste time.

Move Fast: Facebook employees are encouraged to “move fast and break things.” The assumption is, if you’re not breaking things, you’re probably not moving fast enough.

Be Bold: The goal at Facebook is to create a culture that takes risks.  The banner for this value is “The riskiest thing is to take no risks.”

Be Open: Being open means giving people as much access to information as possible to make better decisions.

Build Social Value: Facebook exists to make the world more open and connected, and not just to build a company.

WHAT THEY MEAN FOR YOU

  • Great leaders get things done by creating culture. That’s why values matter. Church leaders often get stuck in a ministry treadmill of “doing church” without clarifying, “What kind of culture are we trying to nourish?” Do a values test: Does your team know the top five ideals or motives of your ministry?
  • These values show us how even the most innovative aspects of technology and communication are working intently to keep changing. As the envelope is pushed, how will leadership role adapt? Here are some questions to consider:
    • Who can you spend time with to learn more about social media?
    • How is your ministry investing in better communication technology?
    • What new team role do you need to stay more innovative?
    • How are you giving people permission to make mistakes in the name of positive risk and bold mission?
  • Values always take us to the heart of a group of people; to that flame deep inside the collective soul. The fifth value of Facebook reminds people that its not about the organization. Rather, its about something great happening in the world, that changes everyday reality. What traps us in ministry is that our world-changing ideas are limited to how we preach and not how shape a church culture. Again, its not about the church organization per se, but the deeper reason of existence.  What are values in the heart of the congregation that will continue inspiring impact after a great sermon, class, group or event?
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Will Mancini

Will Mancini

Will Mancini wants you and your ministry to experience the benefits of stunning, God-given clarity. As a pastor turned vision coach, Will has worked with an unprecedented variety of churches from growing megachurches and missional communities, to mainline revitalization and church plants. He is the founder of Auxano, creator of VisionRoom.com and the author of God Dreams and Church Unique.

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If someone wants entertainment they're going to the wrong place. Church is not a place for entertainment...or in my opinion a barrage of coffee and donuts. Why are churches today bringing the world INTO them? Then there's the thing with children...age appropriate??? These little guys can pick stuff up in service. Besides Jesus said Suffer little children, and forbid them not, to come unto me: for of such is the kingdom of heaven. Mt. 19:14.
 
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I love the intentionality here as well as the challenge to look at the data. That's missing so many times. I would like to offer a contrarian's take. Church members and regular attenders have so many ways to get information: Announcements, bulletins, social channels, relationships, and email being among the options. But brand new people are likely going to check out the website and that's it. It might be wiser for churches with limited time and resources to focus their website almost exclusively to guests. This group of people isn't looking for a calendar of events but wants to know about regular programs. They probably aren't interested in watching all of the messages but instead may want to preview one of the services. For the times we need church members to go to websites (sign up for camp, join a group, etc), we're probably better off designing and promoting a specific page rather than cluttering up the homepage.
 
— Michael Lukaszewski (@mlukaszewski)
 
A great question! Unfortunately, the Church Unique Kit is no longer available in print form. We are working on revising it and updating it into an online experience, but that project is at least six months out. An alternative is to come to an upcoming certification class. There is one May 15-18 in Houston, and October 23-26 in Atlanta.
 
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