One of our highly-talented editors is about to go on maternity leave. (We do a good job of populating children’s ministries around here!) We’re pretty sure she got bitten by a radioactive spider at some point, based on her what she manages to pull off and the fact that it’s taking about ten of us to cover for her.
At any rate, picking up a tiny piece of her job has been an eye opener for me. As a script writer for 252 Story, Get Reel, and FX, I create from the same core framework as everyone else—but I only have my eyes and hands on a small fraction of what our creative team cooks up.
In picking up some editorial duties, I’m suddenly deep in scripts for Large Group, Small Group, Compact, the monthly song, and more. And I’m amazed by the variety of unique, engaging voices on the 252 team. Who knew you could create sculptures with ice cubes and salt—and that it can really drive home the concept of patience?
I may be able to write great dialogue and spin a good story, but that doesn’t mean I’m able to really make it stick for a fifth grade boy. That takes a stellar Large Group writer. A Small Group writer with sharp insight and a quirky sense of humor. A whole team of editors. And let’s not even talk about the IT support to put these materials somewhere you can find them!
Actually, let’s talk about that.
Reggie Joiner often reminds us how vital the three areas of our organization are to each other: Message, Structure, and Influence. He’s even got a three-legged stool with one of those words cut into each leg. Seriously.
Our Structure gurus–IT, finance, HR, and our product warehouse staff—do incredible work. They keep us on track. They keep us online. They put us on your smart phone. They get DVDs and widgets into your hands. Without them… you wouldn’t be reading this right now.
Our Messagers create the content in the first place. Without ideas shaped by the Holy Spirit, by creativity, by fine-tuning words and concepts and music and videos… you wouldn’t be reading this right now.
Our Influencers take the message to the places you are. Conferences. Blogs. Workshops. Orange Tour. Podcasts. Books. Without them… you wouldn’t be reading this right now.
Over the past year, we’ve spent a lot of time during staff meeting hearing the incredible work happening in each “leg” of the stool. And just as my eyes have recently been opened to the work done by my fellow “Messagers”—I’m continually amazed by what my coworkers in Influence and Structure do.
As we gear up for Orange Conference, we need this kind of teamwork more than ever.
And as you gear up for summer ministry season, we think you need it, too! Take time to learn what the people on your team do… and create spaces for them to appreciate and support each other in that work, as well.
We’d love to hear your ideas. How do you help the people on your team understand each other’s roles and encourage each other?