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Ace McKay
Ace Books Consulting

The Power Of A Praying Staff

 

 

 

                                
 In talking with radio people at Momentum and previous GMA events, I continue to hear the same story year after year. The constant struggle of getting things done and the ways we have to put up with co-workers working style along with the stress of fundraising. There are so many stations that have small staffs and small budgets. This, I believe, puts more stress and puts us on edge no matter what the market.

We can't always get together with our staff to find ways to improve communication. Sometimes we have to have that "come to Jesus meeting" with those who just don't get it however, The ability to affirm good work and continue to pray for our co-workers can go much farther then we give credit for. Stormie Omartian is the author of “The Power of the Praying Wife” which spawned a series of other books for husbands, Men, Women and Parents.

Reading these books and learning how to pray for each other has changed people’s lives around the world so I believe with all the pressures we face at our stations and the attack our families go under needs attention as truly commit to praying for our staff. This also means more than just a request made at staff meetings. Since, we can't change people all we can do is pray for them, I believe we can train and challenge our team professionally and spiritually.

As we pray for our staff, it helps change the way we handle the attitudes of those we work with as well. Even when I pray for people who are strong in areas that I'm weak, we all can learn how to support one another as we live life together. It also stands the chance to better our communication style or personality skills with them and be better for the station as a whole. There are a few ways to break this down so you can affectively pray for your staff today.

 

I. Pray for your coworkers Spiritual Walk. John 15:7 says “if you stay joined to me and my words remain in you. You may ask any request you like, and it will be granted!” This can allow our staff to be close to God as they show up for work each day and to help them turn to Him when the stress level start to rise.

2. Pray for your co-workers Priorities. Ecclesiastes 3:1 says “There is a time for everything a season for every activity under heaven.” (Go on and sing the Byrds now, I’ll wait!) We not only need to be praying for each other’s priorities at work but also each other’s priorities outside of the station. I've seen radio affect marriages, keep us from our kids and distract as from God (yes even in ministry) and to loose sight it can affect our work and how we relate to those around us. The next time someone snaps at you don't always think it's about the task at hand. People are always dealing with so much more then they show on the surface. Holding a game face can often hide the things we need to share with our staff that can give us the support and peace we need to get through it and bring us out of isolation.

3. Pray for your co-workers mood.  Psalms 30:5 talks about how “joy comes in the morning.” How our staff looks at a project or tasks today can greatly affect our ability to complete it. Whether it’s their own show or promotions/production deadlines, even the pressures of pledge drive can affect the whole staff. A cool book to suggest as you invest into your team its “QBQ: The Question Behind The Question” by John G. Miller. The basic concept there is you can’t change people or situations but you can change how you react to them.

 4. Pray for your co-workers desires and passions. Everyone on your team has a gift and a passion to use it. If you've read the book “Good to Great” then you know how important it is to have the right people in the right seats on your bus and praying for their passions can strengthen your staff in those seats. The stations lid is raised drastically as your staff grows in their passions. Psalms 145:19 says “He fulfills the desires of those who fear him” He hears their cries for help and rescues them. If God's desires in your staff are coming from Him, why not ask God to help them stay passionate so they can use it to glorify Him? John Ortberg mentions in his book “The Me I Want To Be” that the very thing that draws us to God can also distract us from Him as well. So helping each team player on your staff better manage the power of the passions in their life can great empower them. It can even spark other team members in the process.

5. Pray for your Co-Workers Relationships. Proverbs 12:26 says “The godly give good advice to their friends; the wicked lead them astray.” This is not just about the relationships in your life but your relationships to the industry and to the listeners. There's a constant awareness of ways to connect on the air and at events, but having the right kinds of relationships with the labels and management companies and even local media are all resources that an make our jobs easier. We want to have the right kind of relationships with the people we work with as it lifts them up on a daily basis and allows us to accomplish big things for our station and more importantly the listener.

6. Pray for God's Will. This can really impact your station in the ways of fundraising and support. God knows the needs of your station. Jeremiah 29:11 talks about the plans He has to give it’s “a hope and a future.” The need to see your station succeed is in His hands whether we want to admit that or not. Praying for God's Will at just your station allows His will to show up and show off.

 

There are so many do's and don’t’s for any radio station. The things we have to be looking for are how your leadership in your company can challenge your staff and use them to the best of their abilities. As you share these points with your staff, it empowers them to pray for you and comforts them to know that you're praying for them and we know that 'A staff that prays to together stays together'.

 
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 Ace McKay is a Consultant and Talent Coach for Ace Books Consulting. He can be reached at acemckay@gmail.com.