February 20, 2012
Caring for the Team
Posted by Patsy /Topics: Focus (on Ministry)
Women want to sense a connection to the group, to feel that they have a place at the table and to be encouraged by their leaders. Ministry women have an opportunity to make sure every person, her story and her place on the team are valued.
Some examples in my ministry include hosting a Valentine's lunch for widowed and single women. I tried to make the food, favors and decorations as "girly girl" as possible. One year, I prayed for a different entry in the church directory each day and then sent a note to those people to tell them what I appreciated about them. Recently, I heard about two powerful women in secular occupations who recognized human needs and built teams around relationships.
Beatrice Fox Auerbach, a young widow with children, worked very hard to run America's
largest privately-owned department store. Yet, she still made time to personally deliver 3,000 Christmas bonuses and shake each employee's hand. Four days a week, she hosted luncheons, called the Family Circle, for a variety of workers from managers to sales ladies to elevator operators in order to hear their ideas.
Pat Summitt, the Sports Illustrated 2011 Sportswoman of the Year and head coach of the University of Tennessee women's basketball team has over 1,000 wins. And yet, much of her success with the players is accomplished off the basketball court. She hosts frequent team meals at her house where players are encouraged to bring their family scrapbooks in order to know one another better. Her son said, "If you want to know my mom best, look at her relationships."