My third week (October 10th – 16th) here at the YWAM LA base for the SOMD (School of Ministry Development) was such an eye opening week for me. Our teaching this week was on Spiritual / Biblical Worldview and wow there were so many things during the teachings that really challenged me a lot and it also blew my mind so many times during the week as well.
I had Biblical Worldview teachings before when I was a DTS (Discipleship Training School) student and also when I staffed a couple of DTS schools as well but this time, it was a bit different and it completely gave me a new perspective as well.
At the beginning of the week on Monday we learned that people in the world have two different worldviews which are the Western worldview and the Traditional worldview. People who have the Western worldview focus on the physical world and their top value is the truth. People who have the Traditional worldview focus on the spirit world and their top values are power, family/ relationships, and shame/honor. I am from Canada so this means I am from the Western worldview and this week I came to realize this has actually affected my “worldview” a lot of how I see things and how I even do ministry in missions when I travel to different countries.
Throughout the week we looked at different topics in the Bible like spiritual power times (e.g the Passover), spiritual places (e.g. Tower of Babel), spiritual objects (e.g. idols), spiritual events (e.g. mediation), spiritual power beings (e.g. angels). I really enjoyed how our speaker shared a lot of pictures and stories with us throughout the week which was super helpful to understand more of the teaching and she also brought in a lot of scripture verses and passages from the Bible as well.
During my SOMD (School of Ministry Development) I am reading the whole Bible within the 12 weeks
of the school which is something that I have never done before in such a short amount of time. I do find it quite intense to spend 6 – 8 hours a week to read the Bible but it really is such an amazing opportunity to be able to do this to read the Bible like this from cover to cover especially to be able to read the books within a “sitting” so that you will be able to see the whole picture of the book and when we are finished we will also be able to see the whole picture of the whole Bible as well.
I also really enjoy that my class is reading the Bible in reading groups which is something that I am really enjoying to be able to read the Bible together twice a week with my group (in my group besides me there is Harrison who is from Kansas, USA, Alex who is from Ontario, Canada, Amelie who is from Sweden).
This week I found it really helpful that we are reading the Bible during the school because the teachings were really grounded in the scripture which gave me a new level of understanding the Biblical worldview teachings. For example, we learned on Thursday morning in class that divination and calling up the dead which are forms of witchcraft is actually in the Bible and then in afternoon for our Bible reading time we read about it (1 Samuel 28 – Saul went to a witch to call up Samuel from the dead).
At the beginning of the week I honestly didn’t really know how the worldview teaching has anything to do with leadership training but then as the week carried on I realized more and more that this teaching is incredibility important because it is building relationships with people which is so key when you do ministry and how you disciple people is also another key especially that you don’t allow your own worldview to influence how you disciple people because it must be Biblical and grounded in the scripture of how you share the gospel, disciple and lead people.
I was really inspired how our speaker this week who taught on worldview always taught on the importance of when we share the gospel with people to first relate to their need and then to introduce Jesus to them. One example she told us is “Do you want to be delivered from these stray spirits? I know someone or a higher spirit that can deliver you from these spirits. His name is Jesus.” I just love this because in the future it is my heart’s desire to be able to see people’s needs first and then to bring Jesus into the conversation somehow to be able to introduce them to who He is that He really does see us and He also sees our needs too.
During the week when I listened to the worldview teaching sometimes how I reacted about some things it was kind of noticeable by the people in my class and even by our speaker. It was mainly my facial expressions and a sound that I had made out of maybe a shock because I was just surprised to hear the kind of things people are doing in different countries with their worldviews. I actually felt quite embarrassed by this so after one of the classes I approached our teacher and apologized to her about that because I didn’t want to be disrespectful at all. I was quite surprised by the teacher’s reaction because she wasn’t offended at all and she told me that I am an external processor so it was totally fine.
It is interesting now when I think about it because I actually always thought I was more of an internal processor of how I process my thoughts but now when I think about it I am more of an external processor because in the past I have often shared my thoughts with people that were too much or it was inappropriate to do at times. I am really thankful how God has made and created me as a person but I also would like to now bring this before God and ask Him for His wisdom of how I can better process my thoughts and then communicate them out loud with people. In the past this has affected my relationships with people and also when I have been in leadership positions as well. This is one area where I would really like to grow in more because this has really affected my character as well so it is my heart’s desire that God would help me to mature more in this area in my life.
There is another revelation that God gave me when I listened to the worldview teaching this week and our speaker even mentioned the importance of this as well which is it is incredibility important to be able to teach people how to hear God’s voice for themselves and for them to not rely on other people to hear God’s voice. I personally have grew up in church and I honestly do not even remember receiving teaching on how to hear God’s voice which is actually quite sad when you think about it because God is longing for His children to know that He loves to speak to them. I don’t even think I had my first solid teaching of hearing God’s voice until I was a DTS student which was a couple of years ago.
Our teacher really emphasized with us that hearing God’s voice must be a part of discipling and leading people so we can equip them and not teach them to depend on other people. We also need to teach people how to process when they are taking time to listen to God’s voice as well because especially for young Christians this is something that they might need help in this area to be able to grow more to be able to hear God’s voice. I totally agreed with her and this is definitely something that I would like to do more when I disciple and lead people in their walk with Christ.
On Friday morning from 8:30 – 10:00am our class also had a special treat of having another speaker come and teach us. Brett Curtis came to teach and share with us some nuggets of lessons that he has learned along his journey of pioneering the YWAM ships which was so very inspiring to be able to hear him speak to us even for a short amount of time. I love some of the key lessons that he shared with us like to never to give up especially when we go through difficult times, to always be listening for God’s voice and to keep going forward to where He is leading us step by step in full surrender even if they are “baby steps of obedience” towards the vision God is leading us to do and to work together in teams a well. I was also really inspired when I listened to Him because God has been really stirring on my heart to pioneer a Justice focus DTS with a specific focus on human trafficking in the Europe sometime in the future.
There is so much more I could write about! It was definitely another great week and I am really looking forward to the following weeks to see what God is going to do and how He is going to continue to teach me during this time of “training”. On Saturday (October 15th) of this week it was my birthday so I would like to take a moment to thank God for giving me such an amazing birthday! In the morning I went out for brunch with my class and for dinner I had a reunion with a friend of mine that I met in Bible College 15 years ago which was such a blessing from God! God is so good!