What does it look like when the prior leader of 20 years remains on the team and serves under a new leader? Often asked if they “retired” from MBI, John and Donna Briggs continue the jobs they’ve done for the past twenty years in administration, finance, volunteer development and YWAM location services, adding new roles of coaching and training.
While it may not be common for long-term leaders to stay and work under a new leader, the Briggs and the Brewsters have had a long friendship working together. Ron honors the gifts and callings of those he leads, so John’s transition from leader to worker has been very easy.
New team members help expand MBI’s vision, growing it from “lifting the arms” of long-term missionaries to helping them THRIVE. Working as a team and seeking God’s will creates deeper relationships, motivation, and responsibility, resulting in the whole team owning MBI’s expanding vision. Especially rewarding is to see ideas dreamed about years ago taking shape and form with the addition of new team members and new ministries like Partner Architects and Debriefing.
It’s a blessing and a gift to get to work together and to champion younger leaders!