2021 May

Equipping Leaders to Sustain Anabaptist Values

By Mim Shirk, President/CEO, Anabaptist Providers Group

Leaders of Anabaptist nonprofit organizations are responsible to maintain organizational cultures that align with the organization’s mission and values. Regardless of how familiar the leaders are with Anabaptism, keeping mission and values alive happens only with intention.

Here are three ways organizations can equip leaders for an Anabaptist values-driven culture:

  1. An organization where I serve on the board noted our market had shifted from serving mostly Anabaptists and many employees come from non-Anabaptist backgrounds. We felt good about our mission and values statements, but we wondered if there is a shared understanding of what we intend those values to look like in our day-to-day operations. The board took the lead in crafting a document that linked key policies and practices to our values, institutionalizing “why we do things this way.
  2. In this tight labor environment, retaining good employees is a priority. Anabaptist organizations committed to valuing others can be explicit in inviting team members’ input, leading to new insights or flexibility that make people want to stay. Leaders who do this regularly create a culture of participation that makes team members feel valued.
  3. Make leadership development an ongoing practice as part of operations. When a team is making an important decision, bring out the values statements. I know one organization that has a core value of kindness. How would using “kindness” as a lens shape a decision to lay off staff or relocate a group of residents? This is an opportunity to practice with emerging leaders about relying on values when making hard decisions.

In Matthew 5 – 7, the Sermon on the Mount contains Jesus’ instructions to his disciples. It’s a comprehensive overview of Christ-centered living. The passage ends with these verses: “24 Anyone who hears and obeys these teachings of mine is like a wise person who built a house on solid rock. 25 Rain poured down, rivers flooded, and winds beat against that house. But it did not fall, because it was built on solid rock.” Matt. 7:24-25 Mission and values are the solid rock that organizations are built on. Used regularly, they can be a valuable resource for leadership development.

2021 May

Be part of the Safer in Senior Living Movement

Webinar: Wednesday, June 16, 2021 @ 2:00 pm CST

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Safer in Senior Living was launched on May 1, as a new initiative to promote the benefits of senior living communities. The COVID-19 pandemic fundamentally changed how senior living is perceived resulting in record low occupancy levels, a drop in public confidence, and fewer seniors considering communities. 

The expectations for a senior living organization have changed overnight. Seniors and their families need to know that they will be safe and taken care of. They need to be assured that the industry is agile and shifting to address the new challenges brought about by the pandemic. It’s vital that the voice of senior living is heard, and the real stories are told beyond the walls of close-knit industry. 

Please join us on June 16, at 2:00 pm CST for a live webinar sponsored by CPS and VirtuSense Technologies as we discuss:  

  • The reason behind the decrease in occupancy and ways to increase census
  • Why the FCC is funding hundreds of millions of dollars for healthcare technology solutions
  • Give an overview of Safer in Senior Living

Safer in Senior Living will share the common, real world stories from communities across the U.S., focusing on the health and prosperity of older adults both during and after the COVID pandemic. We want to celebrate the big and little accomplishments and let the world know that older adults really are safer in senior living than at home, and in turn, help to boost occupancy in senior living communities. 

Register for the webinar here.

Please visit to get your community involved in the campaign and help us spread the word. Together, we can make our voices heard. To begin your participation, download the guide. If you have any questions, contact Dianne Piet, your dedicated CPS Client Account Manager, at 603-935-7923, email:

2021 May Your Words

Your Words Responses for May

What spiritual practices have improved your ability to positively motivate, develop and lead your colleagues?

Motivating others starts with motivating myself and being the best role model, which means that my own self-care and emotional/psychological wellbeing is critical. Spending time daily on a spiritual practice has been most important for me in my leadership role.

Karen Lehman, President/CEO at MHS

Being a follower of Jesus and proclaiming His Word

Eugene Weaver, Chaplain at Fairmount Homes

A regular intellectual diet of the latest leadership information available coupled with a daily time to meditate and reflect on what and how to implement.

Leland Sapp, CEO of Peaceful Living

Since the beginning of the pandemic, I sent a daily email that included a passage of scripture accompanied by a prayer. After 13 months I ended the practice. Employees immediately asked me to continue this practice, so after one month off they will begin again on June 1. The response was a surprise to me and I treasure the many comments that I received about how much our employees looked forward to the spiritual connection each day.

Richard O’Hara, Director of Spiritual Ministries at Frederick Living

Centering prayer, silence and sabbath have all helped me int he past 15 months to maintain a nonanxious presence (ok… maybe a little anxious) whish has been helpful in leading during crisis.

Steve Lindsey, CEO of Garden Spot Communities

This answer is going to sound really strange, but the thing I have found most helpful in leadership has been learning natural horsemanship with my horse. As I have begun to internalize what it feels like to listen to the horse’s body language, work with rather than against them and discover how to motivate them, these skills have translated to my work with my team.

Evie Telfer, Assistant Director of Pastoral Ministries/ Residential Living Pastor at Messiah Lifeways