The Unity of Development and Program Staff

One Mission, One Team.

We are all on the same team, pursuing the same vision, serving the same mission.  Development staff needs exposure to Program, and Program staff needs exposure to Development.  We all need firsthand stories of accomplished outcomes, and we all need to entrust our organization with out networks.

If you have successfully changed the culture in your ministry, so that all departments are integrated … and development personnel are viewed as more than piranhas, your next job is maintaining that new culture of understanding and acceptance. This requires relentless vigilance. We helped an organization create a new culture some years ago. But three years ago, they ceased their schedule of occasional meetings and communications designed to reinforce the values of the new culture. Just recently, with the inevitable turnover of personnel, they are seeing the old “turf mentality” creep into the organization, primarily through the influence of new staff. It’s time to begin again, reinforcing the foundations of the new culture. The fact is that creating a new culture isn’t enough; you have to re-create the new culture continuously. For that to happen, someone in the organization has to have this priority on their mind every single day.

  • Like what you just read and want to learn more? Check out, Donors Are People Too: Managing Relationships With Your Ministry’s Major Contributors.

How are you keeping program staff and development staff on the same page?


About Gary Coiro

Nonprofit & Church Leader Nonprofit Leader and Consultant since 2004, following 15 years as a pastor. Competencies include board development, fundraising, staff development and management, strategic planning, church work, Bible teaching, and capital campaigns. Currently consulting and serving on the Church Ministries Management Team for a large multi-cultural evangelical church.
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