Culture of Apprenticeship, Part 2

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Affirmation- To assert positively; to tell with confidence; to declare the existence of something; to maintain as true.

No prolonged infancies among us, please. We’ll not tolerate babes in the woods, small children who are an easy mark for impostors. God wants us to grow up, to know the whole truth and tell it in love—like Christ in everything. We take our lead from Christ, who is the source of everything we do. He keeps us in step with each other. His very breath and blood flow through us, nourishing us so that we will grow up healthy in God, robust in love.” (Ephesians 4:14-16 MSG)

-       Affirmation is not false flattery

-       It’s calling out the “gold” we see in each other

-       Focus should be to “Call Up the good” instead of “Call Out mistakes”

-       “Let no unwholesome word proceed from your mouth, but only such a word as is good for edification according to the need of the moment, so that it will give grace to those who hear.” (Ephesians 4:29 NASB)

-       Your words of affirmation release grace for others to walk in

-       Don’t shy away from challenges and conflicts, but use brave communication with a heart of grace that communicates, “How do we work through challenges together and move forward?”

-       Our apprentice should be secure in love and acceptance, so that challenges and conflicts can be faced openly and honestly with grace

-       Honestly/accurately assess strengths, weakness, and challenges and work out of this reality

1.    As you have relationally engaged your apprentices over the past couple weeks, what “gold” (admirable traits/skills/potentials/etc.) did you recognize in them?

2.    What creative ways can you begin “calling them up” in those areas?

3.    We all have different strengths and weaknesses. It is important to understand these areas in order to facilitate vulnerability and growth. What weaknesses or challenges have you identified within yourself and your apprentices? What steps can you take to begin reconciling the challenges you face after your honest and accurate assessment?

* Be sure you continue to stay passionately engaged with God and your apprentices in the week ahead. Please respond using the form below by December 12. Thanks!

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