Building a team environment of trust and loyalty is an essential, mission-critical component of creating a healthy, productive organization. A team that can work together with a spirit of unity, mutual respect and trust perpetuates a work culture that encourages high-performance and collaboration. In our latest episode of the Pinnacle Leaders Podcast, Building a Team Environment, Curt Williams, Founder and Executive Director of Youth-Reach, shares Biblical wisdom for how he has successfully built non-profit ministries supported by teams that are committed to each other and the mission of the organization.
Curt Williams is the Founder and Executive Director of Youth-Reach, a non-profit organization with locations in Texas and Alabama dedicated to building strong men through Christ-centered, residential ministry.
Curt began Youth-Reach as an outreach to the young homeless street kids of downtown Houston in 1984. In 1985, he formally chartered Youth-Reach Houston and moved the boys into a donated home. Later, in 2008, Youth-Reach Gulf Coast was established on a 81-acre campus in Summerdale, Alabama.
Today, Youth-Reach has served over 3,000 boys and young men ages 12-17 at the Texas campus and 18-22 at the Alabama campus. The young men served and their families are never charged for the 24/7 services received.
At Youth-Reach, the staff operates very uniquely – with all of them living on-site. This organizational structure offers some very specific benefits and, likewise, challenges with encouraging trust and loyalty among our team members.
Creating a unified, positive team environment starts with the hiring process. Youth-Reach hires with the idea that they are not just hiring an employee, but adopting a family member. The goal is to re-create Biblical New Testament community. Real Biblical community protects each other, lives purposefully together and serves together.
Most all leaders have heard of the three C’s of hiring: character, competency and chemistry. These attributes are particularly important to developing a strong team culture as you consider “adopting” new team members.
The 3 C’s:
It’s important to be slow to hire to help provide the time needed to prayerfully determine whether someone is the right fit for your organization. Some key considerations during the interview process include:
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