Monday, November 05, 2018

Better Practices - Missionary Roundtable

This is a series of posts that outline our better practices - tactical things that you could do right now that The Ember Cast has found highly profitable for growing global leaders. Feel free to use these ideas with attribution, meaning just say, "I got this from The Ember Cast."

Most student teams never deeply interact with their in-country hosts. Our teams aim to do different by scheduling and hosting a 'missionary roundtable'. The idea is simply a conversation between students and vocational missionaries about what they do and how they do it. It sounds easy because it is.

It does, however, require time and advance preparation. It must be scheduled. Guests must be given some kind of preparation on what to expect. Someone should host this conversation, which looks best like a talk show. Think about your favorite podcast - this is a curated conversation and someone is proactively leading it. Most fun over a meal. We always prepare questions that ask about struggles, strategy and advice for young people.

Cross cultural workers that have been in the field for any amount of time have a wealth of experience. We are crazy to serve with them for at least a week at a time and never exploit that wisdom to our students.

Roundtable, Aix, France, 2014.

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