Posted by: macahajo | January 9, 2012

Moving Forward

After a season of waiting, we found out in June that ReachGlobal decided to move forward with reviewing our application. They had much to review since it was an extensive application that took us hours and hours to complete. It included a detailed theological questionnaire, medical exams, all sorts of questions so they could learn all about us, and recommendations from leaders in our church (including Sunday School teachers so they could learn about our kids!) and from other people in our lives. The health of ReachGlobal missionaries is an important part of ReachGlobal’s culture so their staff do a very thorough job on their candidate selection process.

In August, we were invited to go to ReachGlobal’s October Readiness Event.  The Readiness Event is a week-long event for ReachGlobal to learn more about us and for us to learn more about ReachGlobal. It’s also a time for us to learn more about ourselves and our Lord. Towards the end of the Readiness Event, we would find out if we would be invited to join the ReachGlobal staff. We were given several tasks in preparation for this time.

The ReachGlobal leadership asked us to read Leading from the Sandbox: How to Develop, Empower, and Release High-Impact Ministry Teams, by Tim Addington, a Senior Vice President with the EFCA and the leader of ReachGlobal.  This was an excellent leadership book and by reading it, we learned a lot about Reach Global and their Sandbox: their mission, guiding values, central ministry focus, and organizational culture. The ReachGlobal Sandbox is the foundation for how their personnel and teams do ministry, so it was important for us to understand it and determine if we agreed with it.

We were also asked to read the Clifton StrengthFinders, (Gallup Press, 2007)  This #1 Wall Street Journal and #1 BusinessWeek bestseller talked about how we so often focus on our weaknesses but how we ought to find out what our strengths are and thrive in those! We took the on-line test to determine our top 5 strengths. I found out that my strengths are: Discipline, Belief, Harmony, Responsibility and Developer. Mark’s strengths are: Positivity, Empathy, Connectedness, Developer, and Context.

We also took the DISC Classic, Cross Cultural Adaptability Inventory by Colleen Kelley, PhD and Judith Meyers, PsyD. and the Myers-Briggs Type Indicator.  All of these tests would be discussed at the Readiness Event to help us learn more about ourselves and how we might fit into the work that ReachGlobal is doing.

We had much to do to prepare as we moved forward in the process!

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