Ecclesiastes 4:9-10 (NIV):
9 Two are better than one,
because they have a good return for their labor:
10 If either of them falls down,
one can help the other up.
Thursday began the World Horizons USA National Conference. We have one every 18 months or so. This year the topic is “Team Building.” Team is an essential part of the make up of World Horizons. Jesus built a team of disciples, and we follow His model. Kris spoke this morning about what makes our team successful. As you can see, he talks with his hands! Here are the four points he mentioned:
- “We are not looking for the right people; we are looking to make the right people.” Jesus, in choosing the disciples, certainly didn’t have perfect people; He didn’t even have people prepared to the do the work of “fishing for men.” What Jesus did do was see the potential in people. I’m blessed to work with finances, and I certainly wasn’t equipped to do what I’ve been trained to do. Yet, I was accepted and taught. I’m so grateful to be part of team that loves Jesus and models His love on a daily basis.
- “We foster a sense of membership, a feeling of belonging.” I definitely feel like I belong at World Horizons. I’m encouraged and loved on a daily basis. On Monday this week, some of the interns had even left special sticky notes on my cubby shelves! I certainly don’t work for the approval of men or women, but the encouragement surely is a blessing.
- “Dinner.” Each Monday, Kris and his wife Yurihn host the staff for dinner. They’ve been doing this for a long time. As I mentioned in my blog yesterday, I think Kris should audition for Master Chef. Jesus often spent time dining with people. It’s a great way to build relationships, and it’s a part of Middle-Eastern and Asian culture I really appreciate. Usually, I’m too tired to make it back out of the house to drive another hours travel time round trip, but Brad and I treasure when we can enjoy this informal time of binding with our family. We’re going to make a conscientious effort to be a part of more staff dinners.
- “Do something worth inviting people into and invite them.” Jesus didn’t wait around for people to come to Him. He sought them out! I’m so glad He pursues us into a relationship with Him. We have a ministry worth sharing, so we invite people to join us. Come and join us!