A brisk wind swept over the snow laden fields of Southwestern Ontario as about forty people gathered at Leamington EMC in February for a weekend of discovery. Leamington pastors Jacob Enns and Lowell Froese welcomed participants on Friday evening to open the Discover Youth Ministry Potential (DYMP) seminar.
Facilitated by EM Conference staff members, DYMP is an event designed to help Christians discern their giftedness, aptitude and call to leadership in the church, both locally and abroad.
In the first session, participants took a comprehensive spiritual gift inventory, using a resource from Natural Church Development. Gift discovery sparked much conversation over the weekend, as the inventory revealed both affirming and surprising results.
The second and third sessions on Saturday were led by Charles Koop and Gerald Reimer, respectively. Charles answered the question "What am I called to?", exploring the priorities of Christian ministry. Gerald followed up with the theme "What am I in for?", dealing with expectations and reality in ministry. He offered specific insight based on his mission experience.
Saturday's schedule also included time for dedicated personal prayer, with encouragement to listen to the voice of God. Also, round table discussion time in the afternoon proved very helpful as a means of debriefing lots of information.
The DYMP wrapped up with Q & A, and an inspiring challenge from Aylmer pastor Randy Fehr, that Kingdom ministry means getting involved where you are right now.
Tentative plans are in place for a DYMP weekend in Southern Alberta in the fall of 2014.