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This week on Ron Edmondson’s blog (yea I work with the guys here at GCC) wrote about what a great team member looks like. I agree with Ron, I think God has put a great team together here at Grace. This list Ron reminded me of what makes our team tick and I might add just a few to the list. Here is what Ron wrote this week about the characteristics that describe our team…

Sense of humor – It’s critical in our office that you be able to laugh…at life…at corny jokes…and sometimes at or with each other. We have fun together and that makes us a better team.

Team spirit – We have no lone rangers on our staff. We rebuke struggling alone! We are part of a team and there are no turf wars in our organization and no one should be drowning in a project without some help.

Work ethic – We aren’t great at managing people. We simply rely on people having the sense of responsibility and inner drive needed to complete the work. We like leaders who are passionate about Christ and people and willing to do what it takes to accomplish our vision.

Healthy personal life – We deal with a lot of messiness in other people’s lives. It would make it very difficult to maintain the level of ministry required of us if we were not personally living healthy lives spiritually, emotionally and, as much as it depends on us, physically.

Open spirit – We share burdens with one another. Our people don’t live on an island to themselves. The more we learn to trust each other the greater this process becomes. We are open to challenge the system, the ministry and each other in an attempt to make the organization better.

Loyalty – It is imperative in our organizational structure that a team member be dedicated to the vision, organization, senior leadership and the team.

Servant’s heart – If one cannot approach their position from a point of serving others and Christ then he or she will not work well on our team. It’s the model of our entire ministry and must be represented by our staff first.

Love that list and here are 2 more I think help describe our team and help us work well together..

Creativity – creativity is a choice and has to be encouraged. Love the creativity of our team. People on our team are allowed to create and find creative solutions to the issues we face.

Courage – people who join our team have always been willing to step out and take a risk. I am always amazed by the courage I see from every one of our team members as they step out and lead. Leadership takes courage.