STRUCTURE OF A BELLA TEAM
TEAM FOUNDER AND TEAM CONTACT
NOTE: This is the structure of a formal BELLA Team. It is fine to collaborate informally with the pro-life BELLA women's wellness professionals in your area!
The BELLA Team Contact is responsible for coordinating a local BELLA Team. A Team Contact must be an organized person with excellent communication and mediation skills. A Team Contact is approved by BELLA, after her application has been accepted and after a process of mutual discernment. (During the discernment period, she is known as a Team Founder.) In addition to a final approval by BELLA, she must also be elected by the local Members of her BELLA Team at the end of the discernment period and submit a signed BELLA Philosophies Statement to BELLA. A Team Contact should view herself as the hub and servant of the Team, inspiring the others with her passion for how the Team's work with growing families helps to usher in the new renaissance of the Culture of Life; encouraging and supporting Team Members and Team Mates as needed; leading meetings, if necessary; and keeping the Members of the Team moving toward the goals of excellent communication, cohesion and unity. The Team Contact should be prepared to help resolve conflicts among Team Members and Team Mates, and to listen attentively to and help solve problems that Team Mates and clients may have. An individual can only be the Team Founder or Team Contact for one BELLA Team. A BELLA Team Contact is:
- The main Contact Person for the Team.
- The person who refers clients looking for services to Members of the Team (including herself!).
- In regular communication with BELLA.
- A consistent leader for the local BELLA Team.
- Eligible for any role within BELLA national leadership, if desired, assuming she meets the necessary qualifications.
A Key Area Primary is a person who desires to be a source of knowledge for other Team Members and for the general public in one (or more) of the five Key Areas. She is a leader in the Team and in the community in the Key Area, and is willing to answer questions from her Teammates, give talks, host classes, or write about the Key Area and its relationship to renewing the Culture of Life. A Primary must be comfortable with the idea of being a Mentor to the others on the Team, but acknowledges that her Teammates also possess knowledge and skills that can help her to grow. In larger BELLA Teams, there may be more than one Primary in a particular Key Area. For example, there may be a Midwifery Primary and a Birth Doula Primary. An individual may be a Primary in only one BELLA Team. Primaries are eligible for roles in BELLA national leadership, if desired. A Primary is elected by the Members of the local BELLA Team, and demonstrates the following qualifications:
- DESIRE to be a Primary in the particular Key Area. A Primary must express a desire and willingness to be a Primary!
- TRAINING in the Key Area. A Primary must have completed an educational program or have a record of continuing education in the Key Area.
- EXPERIENCE working in the Key Area. Generally, a Primary will have a history of being active in the Key Area for at least five years.
- DEDICATION to BELLA. A Primary must have been a BELLA Team Member for at least two years.
- AGREEMENT with the BELLA Philosophies. A Primary must submit a signed BELLA Philosophies Statement to BELLA.
A BELLA Team Member is a fully approved Member of a local BELLA Team. She works within one or more of the BELLA Key Areas in collaboration with the other Members of the Team, may receive referrals from the other Members of the local Team, and is encouraged to refer potential clients to her Team Mates. Team Members are welcome to be part of more than one BELLA Team, if they choose.
A Team Member will receive:
A Team Member will receive:
- A free listing on the BELLA website, once her Team Contact confirms her Membership on the Team.
- The right to be featured in any publicity developed by her local BELLA Team.
- The right to participate in voting on decisions for her local Team.
- The right to become a Primary in a Key Area(s), assuming she meets the necessary qualifications.
- The right to become the Team Contact (if the position is open) assuming she meets the necessary qualifications and is approved by BELLA.
A BELLA Team Mate is a person who works with childbearing families, agrees with the BELLA Philosophy, and desires the support and encouragement of the local BELLA Team, but for whatever reason, does not want to go through the process of becoming a BELLA Team Member. Team Mates are welcome to attend BELLA events and meetings, but may not represent BELLA in any official venue, nor may they be featured in local BELLA publicity. BELLA Team Mates do not have voting rights within the organization, neither at the local Team level nor may they vote for the national leadership.
HOW TO BECOME A BELLA TEAM MEMBER
- To become a Team Member, you should tell your Team Contact about your desire to become a Team Member by discussing why you think you would be a good fit for your local BELLA Team.
- Your Team Contact will talk with any already approved Team Members about your interest in becoming a Team Member. They will discuss your interest in the Team and take a vote. Some Teams, especially if they have not had a chance to get to know you well, may ask for a period of discernment for you and the group to decide whether or not you and the Team are a good match. Some Teams may ask for a small membership fee to be used by the Team for joint advertising, speaker honorariums, or for a charitable use if all Members vote to approve the charitable use.
- Once you have been accepted onto the Team, the next step is to fill out a BELLA Listing Form so that we can list you as a full-fledged BELLA Team Member!
- BELLA will confirm that you have been accepted onto your local Team and then add you to the BELLA website. Once your listing is on our website, you can be assured that you are indeed a BELLA Team Member!