Disciple Defined, Designing Camp Staff Training – Part 2

Listening in on a camp staff meeting conducted by a former associate now a director of his own program; I began to recognize familiar phrases and statements. They were lines I issued many times to my own staff. Those expectations were picked up and now being passed on as part of the training of a new staff in a new place.
Training a staff means that we mold a staff to a set of expectations that we craft to carry out our ministry design. What does your mold look like? You have one. Knowing that you will produce disciples as staff members in your mold makes defining what they will become important.
Choose four characteristics (or more) that draw a picture of your completely trained staff member. Then begin to designing staff training to purposefully meet the expectations you have drawn up. Now you can move beyond random planning to purposeful process for training your staff into a disciple that will serve like you.
This concept became reality to me when recruiting a potential counselor years ago. She came loaded with questions about how our program worked and how she would fit into it. Later she returned and said she would like to apply. I ask what made her choose us. Her reply was that she could picture how our program would work and how she would fit into it. She was the camp directors dream counselor because she fit the program and was ready to be trained to do it.
Part three will looked at designing your staff training as a process.


About the Ordinary Hiker

A Christian camp director for many years, I enjoy ministry and being outdoors. I refer to God's creative wonder as the testimony of creation, a special place where God brings His word to life. Its where I like to be and where God speaks in His gentle voice in the awe of His creative work.
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