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Richard Branson, founder of Virgin Group, once said, “Surround yourself with people who complement your weaknesses and share your passions–success will follow.”

It is impossible to accomplish big sized dreams and goals without a team.

But how are successful teams built?

From my experience, they are built naturally, and Biblically. Anyone can Google “team building” to polish up on twenty-first century strategies for building a productive team, but I don’t want to miss the relevance that can be found in old pages.

I choose Nehemiah as my example of someone who achieved stunning success through teams. He strolled into town and rebuild Jerusalem’s shattered walls within 52 days!! How? By building natural teams–people committed to a common purpose and who were committed to one another’s growth. I am daily offering thanks to God for providing me such a gift in the four women who serve as my core team: Heather Maggio, Cindy Kemp, Cathy Hilde, and Amy Frazier.

Over the years, and in such a variety of ways, these women have lightened the load, challenged my vision, and have been the unseen voice to help propel this business forward. But as important as it is to thrive, there is so much personal benefit to be gained by working alongside others to achieve great things.

As we join together for the future, it is now our prayer that like Nehemiah, God will help us get the rocks out of the valley–all the women who need direction in the midst of chaos–and place those beautiful, purposeful journeys within the walls.

My team and I are only one small section of that wall, however. Nehemiah’s natural teams were numerous! We all need each other. Ministry after ministry, helpful business after helpful business, together we can pull rocks out of the valley. We all need to build Jerusalem’s walls because we are a chaotic world in desperate need of a Savior.


“He didn’t rely on the established group of leaders, but figured out who the natural teams were within the city–family units, priests, Levites, and people formerly from the same geographic region–individuals, who shared a common purpose, goal, and approach, then set them to work.” (Nehemiah 3:1-32)