By: Debbie Gersch
On a Friday night in May, 18 college-aged students arrived in Xenia from all over the United States for an eight week internship. Prior to their arrival, they had never met one another in person. The next morning, these students ventured out to our challenge course for a team building experience.
Understandably, as the day began, they were somewhat shy and timid toward one another. The team chemistry was just beginning. Learning was taking place. Personalities were being exposed. Leadership was emerging. Throughout the morning, they worked together to accomplish the objectives of various group problem solving activities on our Low Challenge Course. Within three hours, they were helping one another over a twelve foot wall, which involved lots of collaboration of ideas as well as a willingness to lift one another and support one another.
For the afternoon, the group embarked on the great adventure of the High Challenge Course. This entailed dawning harnesses and climbing to levels of 25’ or 40’ to push themselves out of their comfort zone while crossing over the various high course obstacles. The level of encouragement they shared toward one another was incredible. If you came out to watch them in the afternoon, you would never know that this group of students had been virtually strangers to one another less than 24 hours earlier.
Over the next two weeks of orientation, this group of interns forged into deeply vulnerable sharing with one another to really care for and help one another grow. This was just the beginning of their internship. During their eight weeks together, these interns will serve in various parts of our ministry with the purpose of helping us toward our vision of having a Christ follower on every team in every sport in every nation.
For me, this experience with our X-Project interns speaks highly of the importance of team work and how a challenge course can help develop team work with many kinds of groups. Without team work, our interns and staff will not be able to accomplish our vision.
Legendary Football Coach, Vince Lombardi once said that, “Individual commitment to a group effort–that is what makes a team work, a company work, a society work, a civilization work.” Team work is developed through intentional effort and commitment by group members toward a specific vision. With what kind of group are you involved that could benefit from growing in your team work? Check out our challenge courses and come out to let us help your team grow!