Today I’m offering thanks for the blessing of those who keep (and have kept) the day-to-day operations of our church office running. Over the past 12 months, we have made significant upgrades to both our human resources and our technology infrastructure in our front office and it has immensely improved our operations. This week in my “Pastor’s Gratitude Journal” I will focus on our people and next week I’ll journal on our technology upgrades.
Only one year ago, Good Shepherd was without any significant personnel presence in our office. This was quite a difference from previous years when we were blessed with talented and dedicated church secretaries such as Noreen LeBoeuf. After a couple years of virtual emptiness in the office, in November 2014 we began to benefit from having a part-time, temporary office administrator when Melva Geiger joined us. All along, Melva’s stint was intended to be temporary. She brought decades of experience as a church secretary to our office, and this began to allow for professionalism and efficiency to again be imbedded in our business operations.
In December/January, as Melva was leaving us, we were blessed to gain Megan Aucoin as our office manager. Megan also entered the office as a temporary team member. When she wasn’t managing our day-to-day business affairs, Megan spent her time throughout winter, spring and summer preparing for and taking the examinations necessary to enter into her vocation as a CPA. In July, we said our goodbyes to Megan as she moved to Houston to begin her new career with a large accounting firm. What a blessing she was for us as she raised the bar of our office operations with her technological savviness and financial prowess!
This month, we are blessed once again to gain a new member of the office management team as we welcome Madeleine Broussard. Madeleine will be with us through December and brings to the front office typical operational skills while also offering us some additional special qualities. Madeleine is currently pursuing a master’s degree in Industrial-Organizational (IO) Psychology at Southeastern Louisiana State University and her graduate training program is allowing her to gain course credit and practicum experience by serving our church. As such, she brings a special skill set to the table that will allow us to continue to upgrade office and business operations while also affording us a breadth of knowledge and application in areas that can help us to continue to grow. This will include survey design, data collection and management, and human resource/personnel management.
Scripture tells us “where there is no vision, the people perish” (Proverbs 29:18, KJV). As a student of IO psychology, Madeleine’s service to our church will also include her ability to assist church leadership in identifying organizational strengths and challenges, allowing Good Shepherd to focus our vision forward on continued improvements in our desired missions and critical functions.
I hope you will join me in welcoming Madeleine and offering prayers of thanksgiving and gratitude for the blessings that are represented by those who have served us in our church office and those who God is continuing to send as servants of His church through office administration at Good Shepherd United Church of Christ.