This past week, Kelly and Michèle O’Donnell wrote Brigada to discuss “Working Together: Five Core Values to Ethical Member Care.” Taken from a discussion in “Global Member Care” (2011, page 158), the original source can be found at…


The Five Core Values they documented were…

*** Human worth: We value colleagues as humans with intrinsic worth not as resources with strategic worth.

*** Safety in sharing: We value developing and using safe ways to share personal and work-related concerns.

*** Wellbeing for all: We value both the wellbeing of sending groups and the wellbeing of their staff.

*** Work-life balance: We value balancing professional work demands and personal growth desires.

*** Relational resiliency: We value persevering for truth and peace in our relationships (Zech. 8:19).


I always find the O’Donnells’ work interesting and stimulating. I’m confident that if we dwell a bit on these 5 core values, we’ll all build better organizations, fellowships, and teams.