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The Business of Serving for DBU Staff Members
October 23, 2012 | by Kalie Lowrie
Dallas, TX – Staff members from the Business Office at Dallas Baptist University enjoy great camaraderie as they work side-by-side to manage the University’s finances, but they also enjoy serving alongside one another outside of the office. In what has become an annual project, 17 staff and family members joined together this fall to help clean the Thannisch House, a facility owned by Mission Arlington. Going twice a year, the staff members help to clean the recreation center that is utilized by volunteers all summer long and then serves as a storage facility in the winter months.
“We do get pretty dirty on these service days, but we leave feeling incredibly blessed for being part of what God is doing at Mission Arlington,” Julie Carlisle, director of payroll, expressed. “We want to model what it is we ask of our students in the area of servant leadership.”
DBU Business Office staff members and family mopping at the Thannisch House, a facility owned by Mission Arlington.
Servant leadership is highly emphasized for the student body population at DBU, but it is also something the Business Office feels compelled to live out.
“We learn that we enjoy working together, and when we are serving together outside of DBU, we serve better at DBU,” said Eric Bruntmyer, vice president of financial affairs. “I have seen us grow closer as staff members and have enjoyed getting to know each other’s spouses as well as children.”
The project was suggested several years ago by Julie Carlisle. She knew of Mission Arlington and the ministries they had all over the city. After talking with the organization, Carlisle found a way for DBU staff members to serve the ministry that does so much for so many.
Additionally, serving alongside co-workers has helped develop stronger relationships among the staff members. Family members have also joined in from time to time, allowing staff members to teach their children the same virtues of service.
“We had a desire to give back, as the Lord had blessed us, and we thought Mission Arlington was a great organization with which to partner,” she shared. The DBU staff members go to clean the home at the beginning of the summer before volunteers arrive and at the end of the summer as the busy season is wrapping up.
Cleaning the house is not an easy matter. Having worked together on the project for several years, members of the team have become experts in dividing the tasks needed to conquer the two-story home; from mopping and dusting to sweeping and cleaning windows.
The DBU staff members enjoy the behind-the-scenes work. They see the work as a ministry to encourage the volunteers who come from around the country to serve in Arlington. After balancing budgets and processing payroll in their University offices every day, the members of the Business Office are thankful for the opportunity to give back.
“They don’t take anything for granted at Mission Arlington and view everything from the resources they receive to the volunteers that serve as gifts,” Carlisle explained. The DBU Business Office is grateful to be involved in the Lord’s work at Mission Arlington.