In addition to our scheduled activities, we would love to give you the chance to grow in skills that you are passionate about. Though we do not have the resources to teach you everything, you are more than welcome to take your sowing machine, arts supplies, musical instruments, etc. with you and to spent time growing your skills. If you do this, we would also love to see if we can incorporate your skills in specific (community) outreach opportunities.
We do have one area where we can provide you more specific training. At this moment that is: Writing.
Writing: Do you have a passion for writing, and do you want to learn how you can use writing for ministry purposes? Than this class might be for you. One afternoon a week we will come together to learn about a writing concept and to give feedback on each other’s work. You will also get writing assignments which you are expected to complete on top of your normal DTS coursework. The course will consist of two sections:
- Writing about yourself
- Writing about others
Writing about yourself: During the first half of the lecture phase, we will focus on writing about ourselves. Learning how to share stories of your own life in an engaging way, will be great for sharing stories from your DTS with people who support you. It will also help you to write down your testimony in a way that can make an impact on others. We will start this section with some small assignments to get a hang of the writing concepts you will use, and we will finish by writing a memoir – a short story about a specific experience that impacted you and from which you learned something new about yourself and/or about God.
Writing about others: During the second half of the lecture phase, we will focus on what I call “outreach writing.” During this section we will start by practicing interviewing each other and writing down a story about one of our peers. We will end this section by asking God to point out someone on the street whom he would like us to get to know and write a story about. A challenge, yes, but if you get the taste for it, this might be a great possibility for getting to know people and share their stories during the outreach phase as well. And remember, people are often more willing to listen to what you have to say, after you have first listened to their story.
Would you like to know more about either of these opportunities? Please don’t hesitate to contact us with your questions!