Tuesday, October 12, 2010

Are you a Leader?

This weekend we had the Leadership Workshop given by Adrian Teo, an elder from the Singapore church. The workshop began on Saturday afternoon and went until Sunday evening.

Adrian did an amazing job! He is a great speaker! I always think it is cool when an elder speaks because we don’t really get to hear them teach very often.

We did several activities, which is a great way to teach people...
Saturday we split up into groups and were given puzzle pieces.  We were not able to talk while assembling the puzzle, but were given 2 minutes before the puzzle was handed out to come up with a plan. 

Our Team had decided that Gary and I would find all of the straight sides and start putting the border together, while the other people worked on the middle.

This is KC telling us the plan

and again.  Our team was Gary, me, Eireen (KC's wife), Eileen, and KC

Then, this is the puzzle that we get.  Every piece has a straight side.  AHHHHH!!!  We all just froze at first and stared at it.
The finished product.  We ended up having to trade colors with other teams and there was a sequence.  We were the last team to finish : (.

Application for the Puzzle Game:
1. Things aren't always going to come out the way we plan them
2. Somebody else might have things that you need. 
3. If you have questions ask the creator.

We all have in our mind how things are going to be or the way that they might turn out.  However, God has a different plan.  He knows our weaknesses and our strengths.  We need to surround ourselves with people that can fill in the gaps where we are weak.  If we ever have any questions we need to go to His Word for the answer. 

I have become the group picture taker.  I'm getting pretty good at setting the timer and getting into position!!
This is the group that was at the Saturday workshop.

Adrian did the Bible class, Sermon, and then 2 seperate afternoon classes.

We had a pretty packed house for Sunday morning.

Adrian did an awesome job of comparing the Tabernacle to us today.  He had it all laid out about how each place (courtyard, tabernacle, and holy of holies) represents us, our body, soul, and spirit.  I don't have my notes in front of me or I would give you more details. 

Then we ate:
The family that eats together stays together.  This family eats together every Sunday!!

This is what they decided to do with the front foyer.  Instead of blocking off for another classroom they put the secretary's desk up here.  It looks quite nice.

The foyer...with chair and tables added for the meal.

It can be a tight squeeze in that hallway with so many people.

Some people decided to stay cooler and eat the in auditorium.

In the 2nd part of the afternoon we did another acitivity.  This one was called "traffic jam."
The Rules:
1. Only one person can move at a time. 
2. You are trying to get into the seat that the farthest opposite you.  So, you can see me down there on the far end...I was supposed to make it to the this end where the last guy is sitting, here in the plaid shirt.
3. A person on your team can not be in the seat next to you after you start moving until you have reached your final destination.  If they do that is a traffic jam and you have to start over.
4. You have a leader who is supposed to tell you where to move (the thing is, he/she doesn't really know the how it works either)

We played several different ways.  The first time we were able to talk freely.  The second time only the leader could talk.  The third time we couldn't talk or use our hands.  We weren't very good at these.

We were all pretty confused!
 We eventually were able to figure it out and here is Adrian giving us the application.  There were many applications for this activity that could have only been applicable for our group.  After the first few trys our leader hadn't figured out the pattern, but one of the guys sitting down did.  So, we appointed a new leader.  There are times when we think we know what is best for the group or what we are doing, but other people who are looking from the outside can see the big picture of what is going on and can help you solve it.   
Needless to say it was a very uplifting and inspiring weekend!!!!

Gary and I will hopefully be going to Singapore in November and will have a chance to visit with Adrian and his wife, Doreen, again.


nat said...

Sounds like you had a really good day and learned some good lessons.

Juliane McCorkle said...

That's so great! I love the application for the Puzzle Game. I'm glad you had a great time and it looks like you're still having a blast!