Some thoughts on the three interviews
between the DTS leaders
and each YWAMer
on the DTS
. Laurence Singlehurst
came up with the idea in the late 80s and particularly Mark Markiewicz
used it to great effect over a couple of years.
As a direct result we had about 80% of our DTS remain in YWAM for a further period. They would either join a YWAM team somewhere in the world, do another YWAM school or stay at Holmsted. Our hope was that if God had not spoken to the YWAMer about their future in the course of a DTS then He would do so in the next few months.
The interview on their own would never be considered enough to challenge the students into staying in YWAM - we realised that the context of the DTS was important. To that effect we considered every aspect of the DTS from the initial contact to the application form, the first 3 minutes, 3 hours and 3 days to the communication with the DTS student after they have completed the DTS and moved on somewhere else. There are 2 'lectures' at the end of this paper, one</noinclude> by Graham Fawcett, the other</noinclude> by Mark Markiewicz highlighting some of these.
Within that context then, we did the 3 interviews and they went something like this.
Before the first interview the YWAMer would have completed one side of an A4 sheet answering questions like:
- What are you good at?
- What do others say you are good at?
- What are your qualifications both educational and otherwise?
- What has God said to you about the future?
- What do you really want to do in the future?
They would bring that to the first interview. Mark and I (2 of the DTS leaders) would sit with the student and talk about some of the things they had written and try to gauge how serious they were and then make some suggestions about two or three real opportunities in YWAM. Afterwards we would help them connect with the opportunities.
Hear what God has said to the YWAMer and what they have learned about the opportunity.
Is there anything left which we can do to help the YWAMer get to the next place.
It is working OK but has a few slips. First interview seems to work well but the next one where opportunities are presented isn't working well. Is the DTS leader as well-briefed as possible? They aren't always able to clinch the deal. The major training bases are the main resource to the work. If they aren't completing the link the problem is serious. We are in danger of shipwrecking.
We aren't really into recruiting but into helping people find their destiny. Generically most people have a sense of what they want to do. Hence the presentation of specific opportunities to help young people to settle on something. Our own guidance is a bit smudged but tends to have some specific guidance thrown in.
Only need to have a couple of examples of each type of ministry and give them in great detail with dates when they could go.