This is the second post reflecting on our experience at ONS. For more posts in this series, check out the series frontpage: InterVarsity's Orientation for New Staff
127 new Staff. Gathered from around the country. Nervous. Excited.
What would we choose for our first words to you, new Staff?
Would we cast a vision of where we'd like to see InterVarsity grow?
Would we remind you of the tremendous need on campus?
Would we celebrate the wonderful things God has been done through us?
Would we dive right into training, sharing and teaching our useful ministry tools?
We will do all these things over the course of our 10 days together.
But, tonight, we want to focus on something very simple.
New Staff, you belong.
You belong in our community.
You belong on your campuses.
You belong in ministry.
You belong to Jesus.
You don't have to earn anything.
You don't have to prove anything.
You don't have to work for anything.
You already belong.
Staff life can be difficult.
Staff training can be exhausting.
Staff work is a calling from Jesus.
If you don't already know that you belong, you'll miss so much of what God has for you over the next 10 days. In our hugs and food and smiles and Small Group time, dear Staff, please hear from us that you belong.
We are so glad you're here.