Doing ETM: The Decision

Chris and I have just become participants in a course called Evangelisation-Training und Media or as many of you more fondly know it ETM. Basically, it is a discipleship training program for church members in Germany. So, yes. It is all in German. I know that doing ETM is going to be a great challenge and growing experience for both us. So, I would like to document our journey. I hope that maybe our growing experience can also help you grow, as well. Or maybe at least give people who are thinking about the program in the future some more information about it.

ETM is a 10 week program, in which we will read and study and learn for a few weeks. Then, we will have one intensive week of “training” at a retreat center. Afterwards, we will have a few more weeks of studying and finishing a final project. The final project is the reason that I am most nervous about ETM and also, the reason that I am doing ETM. At the end, we have to do a presentation for 10 minutes in German. Alone. Woah. So, at first, I decided I was most definitely not doing that. No one is requiring me to do ETM and I am just fine not standing up in front of a group of people speaking a language that I know I sound ridiculous in. Thank you very much.

Then we went to Lithuania.

And I watched as all these men from different countries, stood up and gave entire sermons in a language that was foreign to them. And I know they had to be terrified, no matter how good they were in the language. It is still scary. And I was very moved by this. These men did it because they desperately want to be in community with other Christians and English is a great way to do that. I desperately want to minister to the German people. And German is a great way to do that. So, I decided I had to face my fear and just do it.

When we first came here, our supervisor told us that his expectations of us were to be learning German and growing spiritually. That’s it. Surely, we can do that. And ETM is a great avenue for that for us. It is already challenging us in both of those areas and I know will only continue to.

What is one of your biggest fears and what would it take to inspire you to face it?

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