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Inside Group: The Power of Team

We wish you could experience the process that occurs here at Group every time a new product is created. The power of team is evident from the birth of a new idea, article, book, lesson, or event to the time it's introduced and delivered to you, our customer.

We realized from the very beginning of Group Publishing 27 years ago that providing resources that encourage Christian growth in children, youth, and adults would take a team effort. As we've been faithful in joining together with a team of people who have the same desire, God has continued to bless our company. Every member of the Group family, whether in communications, administration, workcamps, sales and marketing, products, staff services, distribution, or technology, understands his or her responsibility as a team member to accomplish the goals God's given us.

WHAT GROUPIES SAY

Whether it's a company or a church, the power of team helps create an environment where everyone's a part of the mission. Instead of us describing what that means to people here, we decided to let some of our Group staff -- who we call Groupies -- describe what it means to be part of the team.

"Being part of the Group team for me has been very inspiring, touching, fun, and at times tearful. When I hear some of the amazing life-changing stories that our customers have shared with me, at times I've been moved to tears just knowing that what we have to offer here at Group has made-and every day makes-such a huge impact on the lives of children, youth, and adults everywhere! When people call in with success stories, and they're so excited that they almost jump through the phone, I'm on the other end just as excited or more. I love working here and touching hearts and lives, and even praying with and for them about their church's triumphs as well as their trials. We're a team working together to take care of our customers and to share some of that love and friendship with each one we come in contact with!"
-Samantha Lucero, Customer Service

"Last fall we decided to create a networking party for churches that use our VBS, facilitated by the local church [in] their community. We were so thrilled when we had 196 churches volunteer to host Polar Parties. Our internal team here at Group came up with the script and video, materials, database setup, and registration process. The church hosts sent invitations to 25 churches in their area, provided refreshments, and facilitated the party. Everyone played an important part to make this a success.

Together we had more than 1,100 people attend a Polar Party, and 95 percent said they'd like to attend another party next year. It was so exciting to work with a team both internally and externally that caught the vision and went the extra mile to make a difference in this year's VBS program."
-Teresa Strawn, R.E.A.L. Learning Network Manager

"I've had the opportunity to work at Group Publishing for the past 9½ years. I've found that I've grown not only in office procedures and computer skills, but in my faith as well. The relationships that I've had and continue to have with the people in the churches...have been the highlight of my work here at Group. The stories of the children and the growth of the churches have been outstanding. Every night I have a 'downtime' where I just listen and think about the people who've influenced both their flocks and myself. It's such a blessing and humbling experience."
-Marylou Dahlgren, California Sales Representative

"Mark 10:43-45 refers to being great by being a servant to all, and our department serves each other as well as our customers. I work out of my home in Michigan and wouldn't be able to do my job without the efforts of my team in Loveland, Colorado. What [team] means to me is that I can rely on anyone there to do what's needed when calls come in. A lot of things aren't 'my job' or 'their job,' it's 'our job' to get things done. I get referrals for potential future workcamp cosponsors from our division very quickly, and I really appreciate all the support from my team. By staying supportive and serving each other, our team is #1."
-Dave Peters, Workcamps

"I like the Group team because I've never seen a company take advantage of complementary skill sets as well as we do. Group regularly gathers a group of diverse talents (internal artists, editors, marketers, financial and organizational people, and external church leaders) in a room around a problem and lets them all contribute equally to it. The result is often a great idea that really meets the needs of the church. It doesn't always work that way, but more often than not I think it does, and I like it."
-James Misloski, Strategic Marketing Manager

WHAT ABOUT YOUR CHURCH?

Take a look at your present ministry. Ask your people what the power of team could do for your church. Identify your needs, observe which people could fill those needs, and then invite them to join the team. Don't overload them. Like in any business, look for people who can do one thing well. Nurture them, train them, and resource them (with products from Group Publishing, of course!). After you've done that, empower them to make decisions in their area of ministry, surround them with a great team, and watch your ministry grow.

Thom Schultz is founder and president of Group Publishing, Inc. Joani Schultz is chief creative officer.

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