Yesterday we finished up our interpersonal skills workshop here at the VWC Mexico base. I will definately have to go back over all of the material and review it.
Our trainer, Mike Turner, says that he still pulls his book out on a regular basis whenever he needs to be reminded of the best ways to approach certain situations. These things are just like any other skills.
They have to be practiced consistently for them to become habits. I do feel that I have some great tools under my belt now that will help me in future ministry situations and even life in general.
Here are the other 8 things we spoke about over the last couple of days:
9. Managing Conflicts Well
10. Helping Others Manage Conflicts Well
11. Helping Others Grieve Well
12. Managing Stress
13. Maintaining Margin
14. Moral Purity
15. Being an Encourager
16. Integrating It All
Encompassing all of these things was the key scripture Colossians 3:12-14
“Therefore as God’s chosen people, holy and dearly loved, clothe yourselves with compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness and patience. Bear with each other and forgive whatever grievances you have against one another. Forgive as the Lord forgave you. And, above all these virtues put on love, which binds them together in perfect unity.”
Wow! This scripture in and of itself is packed with depth in regards to relationships. How much more should it pertain to those of us who have been called to “minister reconciliation” between God and man. I’m thinking we should all have this one memorized and think on it often. I don’t know about you, but it checks me in many ways in regards my relationships.
This coming weekend we have some free time. We spent today (Fri) cleaning the base, food shopping for the week, and doing a load of yard work (all big tasks!).
It has rained here almost every night last week. Our cistern was flooded and we had to bail out the water, clean, and refill it. This thing is large enough to stand up in and has never flooded before. It did it twice since we’ve been here! I will have to upload some more pics later from this past week. Stay tuned for more as we move into week three!