One reason that the term "impact" is so popular with us might be that we work in a professional culture that values results. The effective leader, or worker, or sometimes even pastor, is the one who brings the numbers up, who gets things done, who finishes the project with time to spare.
As Andy points out, however, being effective at work can be different than interacting with culture. One is about efficiency, the other is about relationship (though as we've pointed out before, relationship is pretty important at work, too!). Did your mother ever tell you, "If you want to make a friend, then start by being one?" It seems like that might apply to our relationships with the communities we live in.
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TRANSCRIPT: My least favorite word that I hear a lot is "impact," . . . "Impact the culture." Well, what are we saying when we say we want to impact the culture? We are saying we want to arrive with a huge splash, right? Like a comet impacting a planet. In the movies, when a comet is about to impact the planet, the whole world mobilizes to prevent that from happening . . . because cultures actually resists impact very effectively. Cultures are designed to ward off impact. Instead, I think we need to look for more modest words: words like influence, words like create, and words like contribute . . . and leave the sort of big scale transformation up to the God of history.
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