Staff Training - Mission and Team

Coming together

The two days before the conference are always a flurry of activity. The core staff is assembling materials and logistics in preparation for the summer staff to arrive. Some are coming from places as far as the east coast while others traverse the greater Los Angeles area freeways to be here. 

Staff training is dedicated to knowing the vision, knowing each other, knowing ourselves and knowing our texts. Each of the roles is taken seriously with consideration and joy knowing how much potential this week holds for student growth.

As people gather, a spirit of reunion permeates the air as old friends greet one another and newcomers are welcomed in. Conversation and coffee flow freely as staff members orient themselves to the work ahead. 

As people gather, a spirit of reunion permeates the air as old friends greet one another and newcomers are welcomed in. Conversation and coffee flow freely as staff members orient themselves to the work ahead. 

Director, Peter David Gross, gives a brief history of Wheatstone. It started off as a launching point for High School students to engage with their faith in a grounding way before heading off to college. Since then, it has developed into a unique week that is neither fully camp nor conference. It’s something in between that puts students through a rite of passage to show the possibilities of beauty and discovery.

The first half the day is getting to know each other. We did introductions and shared our answers to these two questions:

  1. What is something unsettling which confuses you?

  2. What are some beautiful things that remind you to stay faithful even when you don’t feel like it?


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Each of the roles is taken seriously with consideration and joy


What results is a rich sharing time in which staff are able to hear the hearts of other staff and have touchpoint with which to follow up on and encourage each other.

As a staff we discuss how not to treat your children like children during the conference. When we say, “usher youth into Christian Adulthood” we mean treating them with respect, listening to their ideas and loving them. We are so excited to spend the week with your student, as staff we make promises to facilitate and lead a hospitable environment that is ripe for community building. 

On the second day, after we have discussed together, we work together as a team to prepare materials and the events for the students. Our tasks range from cutting out cardboard stencils to discussing the best way for groups to get to know each other on Sunday afternoon. 

Another important factor is putting ourselves through what we put the students through: a discussion of the texts, question brainstorming, epic Monday walk through and more. We think of ways to make this rite of passage fruitful for your children. It is on this day that nitty gritty details are hammered out: check in, venue prep, small amendments to the schedule and more. At the forefront is the student experience. 

In everything we do we are striving for a unified, beautiful environment. We can't for you to see it on Sunday.

During training, we also pray for the students. The whole week, by God’s grace, is cloaked in prayer. Here are some of the blessings we prayed for your students.

Bless them with. . .

Peace

Healing

Perplexity

Perseverance

Moments of insight

Joy

Patience

Curiosity

Friends 

God’s love

Gentleness

Openness of heart

Listening ears

Questions

Love for others

Hospitality

Join us as we lift up our students and this week in prayer. 

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Ask your questions fearlessly, seek truth, encounter beauty