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3 Ways an Introvert Can Thrive in a DTS

3 Ways to Thrive

3 ways an introvert can thrive in dts

Committing to a 5-6 month experience with an unknown community & location is daunting for anyone… but for an introvert it feels especially intimidating. The excitement and adventure of a DTS is paired angst of meeting new people and being pushed out of your comfort zone.

The good news is that God calls people of all personality types to missions.

If he calls you to it, he’ll equip you for it! Here are 3 things I’ve picked up along the way that will help introverts thrive in a DTS:

1. Have Quiet Time

There’s time built into the day to spend alone with the Lord, and as an introvert, you recharge with time alone. Take advantage of this! DTS is busy, filled with people; however, the scheduled quiet times in the day provide the perfect opportunity to maximize your recharge time. Also, take all of the free time you have to focus on healthy habits that give you life. Instead of reaching for your phone or Netflix, go for a walk, exercise, or spend time in the Word or prayer! 

2. Embrace Your Uniqueness

“Shy. Quiet. Doesn’t talk much. Didn’t notice you were here”.….. Many of us introverts have heard this. They are usually made with no negative intent, but they still promote the idea that we live in an extrovert’s world. The good news is that there are things introverts bring to the table that no one else can! Your unique personality is essential and is made in the image of God. Jesus needed alone time just like we do. Don’t force yourself into a personality that isn’t you. DTS is the perfect time to really experiment, figure out how you best operate, and how God has uniquely equipped you to share his love. You are needed. Be who you were created to be – don’t try to be someone else. In her blog, Anisha Hopkinson says, “I’ve learned that while I’m busy agonizing and feeling ashamed over who I’m not God is right there waiting and wanting to use who I am.”

 

3. get out of your comfort zone

Everybody has one, and DTS pushes EVERYONE out of it. When you develop healthy identity and become comfortable with who God made you to be, your comfort zone is no longer a limitation. You can do things you would never naturally do when you’re walking in the Spirit. Even if it’s tiring, you will get recharged – so commit to pushing through for the kingdom. The secret is that extroverts face the same issues. They have just as many things to overcome to get out of their comfort zone – it just looks differently than introverts. In this Psychology Today article, a psychiatrist describes the incredible mental benefits of getting out of your comfort zone. It’s science, people.

The Discipleship Training School at YWAM Asheville is a cross cultural, life changing experience. And as an introvert myself, I invite you to use your personality as a tool for missions, not a barrier.  You are wanted. You are needed.

If You’re Ready

to get out of your comfort zone and chase after Jesus with a community of like minded people, come do a DTS at YWAM Asheville.

All personality types welcome.

How To Make Community Succeed

Making Community Succeed

How to Make Community Succeed

Community is a cornerstone of the Christian faith. In my time with YWAM, community dynamics and health have made a lasting impact on my life. Based on my experience, these are the ways I see Christian communities succeed.

I enjoy cooking.
The opportunity to experiment and create, followed then by the privilege to appreciate a creation by consuming it. Sharing a meal, giving friends the space to appreciate your creation is all the more rewarding.
I find it both relaxes and energizes me. Preparing a meal (a good meal) requires effort. Michelin Star chefs do not earn their title by simply arranging a few edible items on a plate.

 

Cooking demands patience and perseverance to get the taste, texture, and appearance ‘just right’. 

It offers great satisfaction and by nature is messy.

As a Missions Organization, YWAM values living in community.

Our belief is that discipleship and growth happen best when we invite others to journey with us.

God created Man with the intent to walk alongside His creation.
Yet, He knew that Man would desire someone else to share both Creation and God’s Presence with.

 

So He created Community.

Community offers a place to belong. But, much like cooking, community is both fulfilling and messy.

Belonging is not simply adopting group values and characteristics.
It’s not simply swapping your old self for a new one, but it is allowing yourself, your true self, to be known mess and all.

Being known requires both vulnerability and a commitment to growth.

In community, others welcome you as you are, but if you give them permission, they will encourage you to become a better version of you. 

The version of you God intended for you to be all along!

As you allow yourself to be known, your character will be both discovered and developed.
Character is who you are when no one else is looking. It’s what naturally comes out when pressed. Like the juice of a fruit or oil of a seed. You will discover both good and bad elements of your character.
Don’t be afraid to have the bad confronted.

In a loving community, this will give you the privilege to refine your character.

Ultimately, Christ calls us to submit ourselves to Him.

Submission to God allows Him the opportunity to renew our mind and transform our character.
This transformation is like the process of refining a precious metal. Through immense heat impurities rise to the surface to be burnt off, leaving behind a more strong and pure substance.

Let others be a voice of encouragement for you in this process. Learn from what they would share with you about their own transformation. A loving community won’t just focus on your character flaws, but will acknowledge your unique skills, giftings, and ways in which you encourage them!

 YWAM Asheville is that place for me.

That is not to say that I have it all figured out. This is a continual, ongoing journey.

Not only must I be vulnerable and present, I must be available for when someone else needs a shoulder to lean on. Communities that succeed are built up by those who humbly embrace journeying together, and committing to be there for each other.

Along with vulnerability, the other ingredient in the formula of community is forgiveness.

We all have flaws and weaknesses.
Each of us say hurtful things in the heat of the moment, at times put ourselves before others, and will step on each others’ toes now and again.

A successful community doesn’t allow shame to follow mistakes…but it also doesn’t allow them to be the default.

We will have moments where we slip and so will others.

This is why we must be quick to forgive.
To borrow
Biblical language and to stay true to the cooking analogy, un-forgiveness is like yeast.
Yeast is seemingly small and insignificant. However, a little yeast is capable of effecting the entire dough.

Likewise, un-forgiveness is what causes relationships and ultimately community (as community is built on relationships) to deteriorate.

Forgiveness requires vulnerability.

As the offender, we must be vulnerable in exercising humility, admitting when we were in the wrong and seeking forgiveness.

Pride will not thrive in a healthy community and will only serve to trip you up.

As the recipient of offense, we must not allow this offense to distance ourselves from another.

In fact, we shouldn’t wait for others to apologize to us. I must show vulnerability in approaching others when they hurt me.

Often, others are unaware that they have hurt us.

Be bold enough to have a conversation when you feel hurt.

Sooner or later, I know that I will make a mistake and need to ask for forgiveness.

So…forgive others the way in which you would want to be forgiven.

Good things are often messy.

But everyone would agree, having to clean a few bowls and baking sheets is so worth the reward of freshly baked cookies!

Yes, community is messy. But I wouldn’t have it any other way.

These are all incredibly important lessons that you will be taught and trained in during a DTS, Discipleship Training School.

At YWAM Asheville, community and discipleship are simultaneous. Interwoven. As we do mission outreach programs and DTS together, we choose to let each other sharpen us.

A YWAM DTS is a foundational place to begin the process of being accepted, belonging, and being led as you chase after Jesus.

 

One of our sayings is “Welcome to family.”

We say that because we mean it.

When you come to YWAM Asheville, you are joining a family of believers.

Come to a DTS, set aside 5 months to radically pursue Jesus, impact the world, and be a part of a vibrant, loving community.

Why I believe in the DTS

Why I Believe In DTS

WHy I believe in the dts

I believe in the DTS. The Discipleship Training School is just what it says it is. It not only teaches one how to disciple the nations, it also (perhaps even more importantly) teaches one how to BE DISCIPLED.

Why is this so critical? Isn’t our aim to reach the lost for Christ? Why worry about ourselves?

Indeed, our goal as an organization is to send waves of missionaries into every corner of the world, to see the lost found, the hungry fed, the lonely met. But in order to sustainably do this, we must first learn to be continually molded into vessels capable of delivering His perfect peace.

In order to be effective in the Christian life, let alone missions, we must never overlook our own heart for the sake of the nations. If the gospel isn’t radically real to us, if its stunning messages don’t awaken us first, we will fizzle out and be serving from numb hearts. And when this happens, which is sometimes inevitable, we must know how to be discipled, how to be led, and how to be helped.

We aren’t built to carry the Great Commission on our own strength, intellect, skills, or anointing. Through every step of our life, we must depend on the faith family to support us in many ways.

The DTS is a place that allows a young person to look in the mirror, for perhaps the first time, and analyze the scars, the beauty, the design, and the purpose of their being. During the DTS, you are able to ask the deep down questions, seek out the Face of Truth, develop your faith, and receive teaching from those who have gone before you.

https://www.ywamasheville.org/ywam-dts/In my DTS, I learned that my answers to to my own questions would fall short every time. I need the wisdom of Scripture, the experience of my elders, the insight of my leaders and love of my peers to experience Christ. I learned that in order to grow into the woman I am made to be, I must have people around me speaking truth into my life, even when it isn’t what I want to hear. To lift my face when it has fallen, to breathe life into me when I’ve grown weary. The DTS taught me how to be discipled, how to be loved, and how to sustain a life of discipling others.

Join us for the next Discipleship Training School! You’ll never be the same.

How DTS Changed My Life

How DTS Changed My Life

how dts changed my life

A black hole is what I saw in my future. As a 21 year old young man, it’s absolutely depressing to not know what your future holds. It was even more shattering to see a black hole, a future without any light.

I desperately needed someone to interrupt my journey into this black hole. I needed help! Out of nowhere I kept hearing about an organization I had never heard about, YWAM. I took a leap of faith and signed up to do a DTS to see if somehow I could reconcile the predicament I was in.

These are the top 3 ways DTS changed my life, forever.

I MET THE “I AM”

In the six months of my DTS I saw God in a new paradigm, saw Him up close. It was a moment of enlightenment of who He was and how He sees me. I saw Him as a father. I saw Him as a shepherd. I saw Him as a friend with whom I could communicate my heart with, who is willing to listen and talk to me.

 

I MET MYSELF

 

I found myself for the very first time. I always lived according to other’s expectations, and let situations and my past define me and where I was headed in life. I began seeing a version of me that I never saw before. I saw the original design that God had in mind when he created me. I was set free! I saw the world in a new light, saw opportunities to make a difference, to live, not just to exist.

I MET FRIENDS FOR LIFE

All of this happened in the context of a community. I had people who did not see me for who I was in the moment but rather who I could be. They knew my story and believed in me, which helped propel me towards what God had for me. It was no longer me fighting alone, I had an army behind me.

I didn’t know what my future was holding, but I knew Who was holding my future. I saw Jesus in my future. That is all I needed.

Psalms 119: 105 says, “Your word is a lamp to my feet and a light to my path.” 

In the time that the psalms were written, the lamps only had enough light for one step at a time.

That’s all they could see. The next step.

All I need to know is the next step, and to be faithful to obey Him in that next step.

What’s your next step?

Join us for a Discipleship Training School and let God transform you as you learn to follow Him.

Fear & Jesus

Fear & Jesus

Fear & Jesus

Fear. Four simple letters. By definition, fear as a verb means to be afraid of something as likely to be dangerous, painful, or threatening. As a noun, fear is defined as an unpleasant emotion derived from fear as a verb.

This unpleasant emotion, at one point in my life, almost took over who I was. Fear of the unknown, fear of the what if’s, fear of the unpredictable outcome. All of which stopped me dead in my tracks. Preventing me from moving forward. Preventing me from experiencing joy. Preventing me from being able to see, detect, be consciously aware of God’s ability to take care of me. Always.

Then one day, out of nowhere, God spoke in his still, small, commanding voice. As I looked into my daughter’s eyes, my heart within whispered,

“All I want to do is take care of you.”

God whispered into this fearful heart, “Consider the lilies.” And a chunk of fear vanished that day. If he can take care of the lilies of the field, how much more can he take care of me?

A few months later, still in a fearful place, not completely free, I listened to a spiritual father as he taught on God’s nature and character. The words that dug their way deep into my soul were, “God’s got an infinite imagination to solve every situation you find yourself in.” He doesn’t run out of ideas. He has more than plan A or plan B or plan Z. He’s got plan A to plan Infinity to choose from.

Another chunk of fear melted away that day.

God never created me to live in fear. He has given me power, love and a sound mind to combat fear. He has loved me with his perfect love, which casts out all fear. When I choose fear over love, I am telling God he is unable, he is not loving, he doesn’t see all the details. He’s not enough.

I now look at that four letter word that tried to take me out and say, not today. Not this time. Not this situation. God is enough. He takes care of lilies. His creative imagination will work this out for my good.

When you do a Discipleship Training School at YWAM Asheville, you are taking a step of faith: a statement that God’s provision surrounds His direction. Join us for the upcoming DTS and learn more about living fearlessly, rooted in the knowledge of who GOD is and what He’s really like.

3 Signs You Should Do A DTS

3 Signs You Should Do a dts

3 Signs You Should Do A DTS

1. Are you thirsty?

“He cried out, “If anyone thirsts, let him come to me and drink. Rivers of living water will brim and spill out of the depths of anyone who believes in me this way, just as the Scripture says.” John 7:37b-28 (The Message)

Jesus has revealed to His Creation that He alone truly satisfies, and He alone will serve us never ending cups of cool living water. The DTS is for the thirsty, those who have begun to realize that the world around us can not quench the ever present yearning for purity, for rest, and for truth.

2. Are you burning?

“But if I say, “I will not remember Him

           Or speak anymore in His name,”

           Then in my heart it becomes like a burning fire

           Shut up in my bones;

           And I am weary of holding it in,

           And I cannot endure it.” Jeremiah 20:9 (NAS)

 

The truth of the gospel is a flame within us. It is meant to be a light by which we lead others to the cross of Christ. But if we keep our mouths shut, if we remain motionless in our comfort and refuse to speak out in faith, we will burn from the inside out. The DTS is for those who ache to share truth, for those who long to be trained on how to release this light into the world, and for those who can keep silent no longer.

3. Are you willing?

“Then I heard the Lord asking, “Whom should I send as a messenger to this people? Who will go for us?” I said, “Here I am. Send me.” Isaiah 6:8 (NLT)

We live in a world that is obsessed with comfort and personal rights. We’ve been told our whole lives to prioritize our own personal welfare above all else. But what if this is a false safety? What if true comfort lies not in an unending bank account, a relationship, a status? What if true comfort lies, instead, in the hands of a sacrificial Savior? The DTS is for anyone who realizes that life is too short to take another step without the leadership of Jesus, for those who have a voice crying out in their heart, “Here I am, Jesus, send me!”, and for those who desire to lay aside their personal agenda in order to follow in His footsteps, no matter the cost.

The Discipleship Training School offers a place and space to explore, to wrestle, to seek, to find, to ask, to dream, to ponder, and to chase.

The DTS is for anyone with a thirst for the extraordinary, a hunger for the eternal, an aching to see oneself and one’s generation transformed for the glory of God’s love, and a willingness that says, “take me anywhere, Lord, I’ll do anything”.