School of Ministry and Leadership Development 2016 - Week 1
The first week of the School of Ministry and Leadership Development (SOMLD) passed by in a whirlwind and we’re all getting excited for what’s to come in the next 11 weeks here in beautiful Vancouver. Lots of new faces and names; all from different places. It has been so much fun getting to know all the students in the SOMLD and DTS.
The four of us in the SOMLD—Rachel, Eric, Sarah and Jaron—have already completed a DTS (as it’s a prerequisite for the SOMLD) so the teaching style is familiar, but the subject matter of this course is going to challenge us in new and exciting ways.
The first week was orientation to the weekly topics, our schedule, our community responsibilities and so on. We spent three days learning about our personalities using the DiSC test and StrengthsFinder 2.0. These tests helped us figure out more about the way God made us and how we fit together in a team context.
Eric, for example, came up as a “D/C” personality on the DiSC, someone who likes to get things done and overcome challenges. Others in the team were relational, full of ideas, or able to focus on one thing for a long time. It seems we have a good balance of unique skills and perspectives. The StrengthsFinder test was more in-depth and showed us again that we have a good balance of people in our group. Some of us are strategic thinkers, always thinking about plans and ideas, others are good at building relationships, while others are good at taking ideas and making them happen! All of us have a role to play, and God made us different so we have to work together to make the most of our gifts.
Learning about our personalities was a great way to start. We got to learn more about ourselves and others in the program. The StrengthsFinder helped identify what we are good at and we are beginning to understand how our strengths and personality go hand-in-hand. We hope to develop in these strengths and use them in ministry.
Another great thing about doing the SOMLD is the DTS which is happening at the same time. It’s exciting to see the DTS student grow in their faith as they learn more about God and who they are in Him, plus, they are a ton of fun! All of us students have been enjoying our time together and learning about where everyone comes from—we are 11 students from seven nations.
Exploring Vancouver together on the weekend was great. We saw the sights, took lots of photos, and rode the bus, Skytrain, and Seabus.
Most of us students went to church together and enjoyed seeing the diversity of nations represented there.
Thanks for joining us on the journey of the SOMLD in Vancouver.
Until next week,
Rachel and Eric, for the SOMLD