The Crucible of the First Term
A few years ago, I (Ken) wrote a number of posts
on the value of crucible experiences, particularly in relation to leadership development. Crucible experiences are difficult, often painful events or losses in our lives that have the potential to refine us. But as I repeatedly said in those previous posts, difficult life experiences in themselves do not refine us. Our response to the crucible experiences of life and ministry is what allows the crucible to become transformative.
If you find yourself in the midst of your first term, check out Ken's full blog post here
on the crucible of the first term as well as this fine webinar by MissioNexus, "The Crucible of the First Term: Understanding and Helping So It is not the Last"
with Dr. Connie Befus. Her title suggests that another way that God makes us holy is by putting us into the stressful context of a new culture. You can also check out the Grow2Serve course below on Culture Shock!
Perhaps you are in your second, third or fourth term. Why not revisit your first term experiences and use these resources to encourage a new first-term teammate?