Even if public speaking only happens occasionally, you will still need to communicate on a daily basis. Shaping a culture is about a certain way of doing things. For example, in the U.S., it’s not culturally appropriate to say “no.” If someone asks you if you want a piece of cheese, you don’t say, “No, thank you,” you say, “You can have it first.” Learning to do that is hard.
Every country and city has a speech culture that automatically spills into your group. Some of it you may find appropriate, some you may want to change. In particular, you want to promote a culture that is consistent with what the Bible teaches us. E.g. Ephesians 4
29 Let no ugly word pass your lips, but if a word, let it be a good word, edifying where it is needed and bringing joy to those who hear it.
Or the golden rule:
Luke 6, 31 And as you would that men should do to you, do ye even so to them.
Remember what we said at the beginning of the script: Our words should be powerful and releasing. By the way you speak, you “create” a culture in your group. Shaping that culture is a leader’s job.
The question is: What kind of culture exactly do you want to shape? Here are a few examples:
You must be wondering what the right “biblical” culture is. There is no single answer to this question. However, God has a mission with your group and you will create a culture accordingly.
You have several opportunities to shape culture.