A BRIEF OUTLINE OF ONS 2018 CONTENT
We hope that you enjoyed your time at ONS and that it was helpful to you in your ministry! Here's a summary of some things we talked about along with helpful digital resources like the class photo and your ONS handbook (links are at the bottom of this page). We'll let you know if we update anything here!
THE ROLE OF THE STAFF AND CHAPTER GROWTH
Jason Thomas gave an overview of the staff job, using the VSP framework in the context of God's movement. Shannon Lamb gave an overview on prayer in campus strategy followed by the Chapter Growth breakouts. You can find all of the chapter growth resources here.
EVANGELISM TRAINING AND EXPERIENCE
Dora Yiu (AMD, San Diego) gave vision and training in evangelism and the Beautiful pocket proxe. The Lord worked in many people and the Spirit was faithful as you engaged with our city. We made 78 contacts with local residents. Praise the Lord! Would you take a moment to pray for these folks? For more Evangelism resources visit their website.
MULTIETHNICITY AND INTERCULTURAL COMPETENCY
Caroline Lancaster and Andy Kim, both from the ME Resource Team, gave an overview of intercultural competency, and then helped us zoom in on personal awareness skills, via understanding our ethnic stories using the framework of the Beyond Colorblind project. In the afternoon we had breakout sections by ethnicity to consider our particular ethnic stories. We used the Approaching Differences Diagram as a tool throughout the week to talk about how we encounter dissonance, cultural and otherwise. You can find more resources on multiethnicity here.
Ryan Lospaluto, of the MPD leadership team, worked with Victoria Mejia (LaFe) and Alice Atkins (AAM) to lead three sessions around MPD. "MPD as Ministry" combated the myth that MPD is a necessary evil, and helped us see it as a blessing to donors, and a means of God blessing us in our own spiritual formation. "MPD in Ethnic Contexts" were breakouts helped us understand best practices for doing MPD both our home contexts and cross-culturally. "MPD and Network Maps" helped us reframe the staff narrative of MPD from a staff-centric story to a God-centric story. We also used the network mapping tool for expanding our imagination for what God might do in MPD. The MPD team has a great site with many resources for you.
BELIEF MATTERS - THE DOCTRINAL BASIS
Joshua Settles (Link) helped us explore our key beliefs, and how they are critical for our ministry, as we see them in the doctrinal basis.
CONNECTING WITH THE BROADER MOVEMENT
We had a reception hosted by Focus Ministries, a dinner hosted by the Women's Council, and a variety of our departments talking with new staff at the NSC Open House. To find more resources these partners have created or to connect with them, visit our Staff Site.
ONS concluded with the commissioning banquet, where we were blessed by senior leaders, and all signed the InterVarsity Purpose Statement. And then we partied into the night… until we had to say goodbye!
Thanks for joining us in Madison! We will be praying for you as you step back on to campus this Fall. Please feel free to send any questions or comments to Neil Livingstone, Learning and Talent’s National Learning Director and Director of ONS 18.