“The things which you have heard from me in the presence of many witnesses, entrust these to faithful men who will be able to teach others also.”
— 2 Timothy 2:2
Recently the Foundation celebrated the life and legacy of Helen W. Watt and her namesake Society. What an honor to acknowledge those who give to the Foundation that Mrs. Watt so loved throughout her life in Fort Worth. It occurred to me during the dinner celebration that the large gathering of faithful supporters of the Foundation represented the standard bearers of her legacy. We’ve included some photographs from that event to share with blog readers.
Helen’s legacy began with dedication that helped her secure gifts bestowed to the Foundation, with commitment to the charitable efforts that greatly brightened the landscape of Fort Worth. I believe her greatest contribution to the Foundation was mentorship of the next generation of altruistic Foundation supporters.
Every society is perpetuated through mentorship, generation to generation. Every business is turned over through succession planning, which is at its core mentorship. With our dedicated current board members accepting the challenge, the Foundation hopes to continue to grow in its support for the church by following in Helen W. Watt’s lasting mentorship footsteps.
How exactly will this work? According to Harvard Business Review, in four years Millennials — the people born between 1977 and 1997 — will account for nearly half the worldwide workforce. There are some special ways to mentor Millennials, who love feedback and really want to succeed. Millennials view their lives as integrated wholes, where work, play, faith, and love are balanced and in tune. Knowing they like their efforts to be personally fulfilling gives our Board the opportunity to take young church members under their wings and help them meet new people, learn new skills, and connect to a larger purpose. And, since “ . . . a sense of purpose is a key factor . . . [and] they’re the most socially conscious generation since the 1960s,” these rising stars provide great potential. Board mentors hope to provide a clear roadmap of what is needed from interested new members, then provide to them ongoing guidance.
Our current Board of Directors has set very high standards for themselves. What a great way to continue their excellence, through mentoring a new cohort of Foundation leadership. Over the next several months, we will be developing this program by eliciting ideas from our board and donors.
Bringing on the next generation of dedicated young leaders promises to be an enjoyable experience for all. It’s also a warranty that Foundation progress continues and future funding for our Church will endure and expand.