And… we’re back at NTBI! After a busy-busy summer, we are back in the saddle in Wisconsin and ready for our last year of training here. One of the most exciting parts of this year is that we have been invited to be a part of this year’s NTBI Student Leadership Team. Our leadership “role” will be Sports Department and Campus Life Events Team. Additionally, we were able to go through the Leadership Training Program they have for student leaders.
For the first 6 days of training we took classes on leadership such as Identity, Ministry, Vibrancy, Ownership, Body Life, and Leadership vs. Management.
Along with the classes we worked through a great book called “Leadership as an Identity”. One of the themes that we took away was from the book was that a lot of the major milestones in our growth as spiritual leaders tend to steamed from times when we realize our personal brokenness and turned to God for strength and leadership.
We also did team building exercises. For one we had to work as teams to build a platform out of a certain amount of string and three 2x4s and transport a teammate across a field without them touching the ground. Also, there could not be any more than two points touching the ground at one time.
During another we had to build a floating raft in which we had to get all of the team around a cone in a lake and back without getting wet except two people who could pull the raft in the water. The materials were 10 Trash bags, 1 tarp, and two rolls of duct tape.
For the last 4 days we all went camping together at a lake in east Wisconsin. This gave us a chance to get to know the other leaders and staff in a relaxed fun setting. The lake was beautiful and the weather was perfect.
What was also fun was seeing the influence of the MKs who setup hammocks all around instead of the traditional “tents” that I’m used to. I have to say… it was awesome and I think I may just take a hammock setup next time I go camping.