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7 Keys to Create a Culture of Loyalty

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Whether you’re a high school soccer coach, a CEO of a multi-billion dollar company, or a pastor of a 200-member local church, you want to create relationships based on loyalty: a culture of loyalty.

You want your staff to be loyal to the vision of the organization and to one another. How does a culture of loyalty happen?

I’m not really sure, but I am learning as I go. I think the real question is how do we create cultures of loyalty? I developed this loyalty acronym a while back; it’s really helping me:

Culture of Loyalty Acronym:

Love Jesus


Yield to those who lead you

Accept responsibility

Learn always

Trust your teammates

You matter to God


Loving Jesus in response to Him first loving us. This is our foundation for unconditional love, acceptance, identity, and security. Everything else flows from God’s loyalty extended to us.

Others-centeredness means to ask yourself, “How can I make my teammates great today?”

Yield to your leaders means you’re a team player that works in the context of the leadership’s vision and structure.

Accept responsibility means that you own what you do and say.

Learn always. Learn how to live from God’s unconditional love. Learn how to love others unconditionally.

Trust your teammates means that you have their backs and they have yours. Assume the best of them until proven otherwise.

You matter to God means that no matter how small you think your role on the team is, it matters to God and so do you.


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Derwin L. Gray is the founding and Lead Pastor of Transformation Church (www.tc521.org), a multi-ethnic, multi-generational, mission-shaped community in Indian Land, South Carolina, just south of Charlotte, North Carolina. Transformation Church was recognized as one of the 15 fastest growing churches in America for 2010 by Outreach Magazine. Gray is the author of "Limitless Life: You Are More Than Your Past When God Holds Your Future" and is a highly sought-after communicator. Connect with Derwin on twitter @Derwinlgray.