With Week 11 coming to a close we only have two weeks left until the end of lecture phase and the beginning of our outreaches! Speaking of which, we had a good amount of outreach prep talk with our speaker this week, Amos Hathway.
Amos has been in YWAM for decades and serves at the location in Salem, Oregon. He's led many DTS and programs over the years and is part of the International DTS Centre.
His topic was Generational Discipleship. A new topic for both the school and the speaker, but I think it went really well. I feel like this topic needs more of an explanation though. Generational discipleship is about how to be a good leader of multiple generations, which can mean leading people who are both older and younger than you.
We started by learning about the different generations that are all in the workforce, which is to say a lot. This is the first time in history where there are four generations working together. Baby boomers, Gen X, Millennials, and soon the new Generation Z. We learned about the collective personalities of the different generations and how that affects how they respond to different approaches, as well as what they tend to think of each other. We watched a lot of videos about studies done on generations and read surveys Amos gathered from YWAMers of different ages, asking how they respond to working with older and younger generations. It was interesting seeing how different people reacted to working with older and younger people based on their ages. You could really see the generational personalities shining through.
After that we got more of a practical lesson on some of the things we can expect on outreach, and how to deal with certain crises. Amos really knows what a DTS should look like as well as its accompanying outreach. He shared a lot of personal stories (both funny and dramatic) to help us understand more about what could happen on outreach since two of us are helping lead a DTS outreach for the first time. Amos also shared tips to keep your team in good relations with each other. He gave us evaluation forms to give to the students so we can better understand how we're doing as leaders.
All in all I think it was a very practical week, especially with outreach quickly coming around the corner. I think I speak for everyone when I say the excitement is starting to build up as we get ready to go on a new adventure.
Eric for the SOMLD