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Telling Stories

Joi wrote in response to my last post: “It seems that these principles enforce a certain ethos.  They describe a unique environment.  Could we find some stories that illustrate this?”  This is an excellent question.  Let me try to give an example or two, and hopefully this will encourage others to share.

Our first principle is to over communicate widely.  In launching the global mobilization project several years ago, we framed the plan from a ‘global’ perspective, thinking that all the resources could come from ‘global.’  What we quickly realized was that each ‘epicenter of mission’ needed to own the growing need for more workers and create the best processes for identifying, assessing, training and sending those workers to WT Global.  It was going to look different in each place, but each process could ultimately benefit everyone else and influence their process.  The breakthrough came when we launched the project through a month long prayer initiative with weekly biblical meditations written by workers from all over our WT community.

Our second principle is to have an open learning stance.  It may seem like an overly simplistic example, but we have for years talked about “strategic & tactical plans”, and then added in the idea of “project plans”.  These are terms that come from a US based approach to planning and there is nothing wrong with that.  When a worker joined my team from another cultural context, he found the terms confusing as they meant something completely different in his context.  He suggested that we start talking about three year plans (formerly ‘project plans’) and one year plans (formerly ‘strategic and tactical plans’).  It has been hard to change the vocabulary, but his suggestion has proved to be extremely helpful in approaching the planning process.

Our final principle is to seek to demonstrate humility.  It is always difficult to give an example of humility because the moment you do, it no longer is an example because you have now spotlighted the ‘humble’ person.  You know the person that comes to mind when you hear this principle.  Our desire is not to exalt this person, but to grasp anew how the Lord has worked out humility in their lives, and for us to then ask for the grace to live such a humble life.

 

Maybe you have some examples to share?  This would help all of us in this journey.

One Response

  1. David, I appreciate these three principles you have highlighted. As World Team moves intentionally and purposefully towards a global posture in a rapidly changing ministry context these principles will take on more importance than ever. Communication, mis-communication and even lack of communication will always be there because we are human. However, we must continually check our communication to ensure that the words we are communicating convey the definition, idea or principle we think we are communicating. As we work more and more on international ministry teams this becomes the glue that holds us together.

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