A BRIEF OUTLINE OF ONS 2018 CONTENT
In between the opening vision talk from Tom Lin, and the closing Commissioning Banquet with a talk and a blessing led by Kim Porter, here is some of what your new staff learned. Below you will find links to some of the pages from the handbook that the new staff received, with key content on each of these areas.
One of these files is the D-cycle card, available at the staff store, with debrief questions that your staff were using during ONS. Talking over the following content, using those questions, would be great reinforcement…
Three of our mornings started with manuscript-style Bible study in smaller groups of 15-30 staff, led by a team directed by Bob Grahmann (Missions) and Shannon Lamb (Assistant Regional Ministry Director, Mi). We studied Ephesians 1 and 2 and Philippians 4, to give grounding to our topics for the week.
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, then staff had a chance to choose one of six breakouts around Chapter Growth.
EVANGELISM TRAINING AND EXPERIENCE
Dora Yiu (AMD, San Diego) gave vision and training in evangelism, before we sent the new staff out in small groups to talk to people on the UW campus and in the streets of Madison. They were trained on spiritual conversations and asking good questions, encouraged to listen to the Holy Spirit, and to be bold in asking people to respond to the gospel when it was presented.
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.
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 help staff see it as a blessing to donors, and a means of God blessing them in their own spiritual formation. "MPD in Ethnic Contexts" were breakouts designed to help staff understand best practices for doing MPD both in their home contexts and cross-culturally. "MPD and Network Maps" helped them reframe the staff narrative of MPD from a staff-centric story to a God-centric story. They also used the network mapping tool for expanding their imagination for what God might do in MPD.
BELIEF MATTERS - THE DOCTRINAL BASIS
Joshua Settles (Link) helped staff 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.
ONS concluded with the commissioning banquet, where they were blessed by senior leaders, and all signed the InterVarsity Purpose Statement. And then they partied into the night…
Thanks for letting us partner with you in serving your new staff. Please feel free to send any questions or comments to Neil Livingstone, Learning and Talent’s National Learning Director and Director of ONS 18.