“These meetings lead to a strengthening at the core of our company and leadership to face the challenges which will face us in the future and to multiply the leaders in formation.” – OC Worker
Mid-September welcomed Fall to the U.S. but at One Challenge’s U.S. Mobilization Center we welcomed board members and area directors for collaborative meetings that focused on insuring sustainability and growth for the future. A jam-packed schedule of meetings also included times of worship, stories of God at work around the globe, and meals together – all were characterized by productivity and blessing.
We could regale the blessings each member expressed, but rather we’ll share these candid testimonies from our workers that speak volumes about the time together.
What was the highlight of the time together?
Time with the US Board was very encouraging, to see their high capacity and deep commitment to OC and our future.
The time that Heidi Baker (board member on the finance committee) spent with the ADs was transformative. It did so much to dispel the “we-they” posture that can creep into our feelings about the Board’s oversight of our work and how we budget for it. She revived our confidence and trust in the Board’s desire to facilitate our work.
I loved being together with OC leadership, sharing meals together, etc. The stories of what God is doing around the world were incredible. I feel so privileged to have been there to hear them!
What challenged you?
I was challenged to commit myself in the same way that the Board has committed themselves, with no remuneration in their case, to face the challenges we face in our future, i.e., financial and need for a new generation of workers.
I really appreciated the presentation on the SHAW initiative (Sexual Health And Wholeness), and am thankful for a company that is committed to growth, health and accountability.
The stories of how God is at work challenged me.
What encouraged you?
Michelle Wilson’s leadership of the Board is outstanding. She is personal, personable, and thorough.
Dean’s encouragement and commitment to OC and to all of us was a great blessing and encouragement.
I was encouraged by the stories about what God is doing globally. Also, seeing how there is so much overlap in our areas/ministries/personnel encouraged me. God has knit together some pretty amazing connections.
What outcomes do you expect from the collaboration together?
David Bulger’s (US-MC Leadership Development Strategist) initiatives for creating a learning/growing organizational environment seem very promising. The SHAW initiative is going forward, and this will be good. More folks will get on board with collaborative tools (our OC web site, our internal news bulletin, Office 365, etc.) The more we talk about them with area leadership the more they will get understood and used by field workers.
Our collaboration will lead to deeper relationships with and better accountability to the US board, moving ahead with leadership and developmental initiatives, and beginning the implementation of the SHAW initiative.
Is it worth the time and money to meet like this?
Yes, research has shown that virtual teams need to meet face to face at least twice a year to be effective. There is a greater interpersonal dynamic in these meetings than what we can experience in our weekly virtual meetings.
Yes – being able to put names with faces, and to hear the hearts of the Board members was a particular highlight for me.
Certainly. We need to be reminded and strengthened by engaging with the outstanding folks who we work with.
We inspire each other.
A Clear Consensus
OC board members expressed equal appreciation for the time spent together with the ADs. Many other benefits and outcomes resulted from these meetings, but it is clear from the feedback: area leadership puts high value on the face-to-face meetings. Convening the board meetings parallel to the area director meetings once per year was deemed equally valuable. Seeing these two leadership groups join hands and hearts together in prayer, worship, and work is a unique blessing for which One Challenge is deeply grateful.