The Five Components of Change

We see changed lives in the counseling office, but there is another part of our organization that plays a crucial role in bringing significant transformation called Trips to Enrich. In reflecting on the components that bring about change, we identified five things: sequestered setting, hospitality, worship, experiential learning, and content. Each one of these components benefit the people Battlefield helps.

Sequestered Setting

People have a need to get away from their normal routine into a sequestered setting. Jesus Himself sets the example of stepping away from the crowds into an isolated place. At home our lives are filled with worries and distractions that may hinder us from communing with God as well as practicing self-care. Especially when we are experiencing a crisis, or are stuck in a rut, it can be helpful to get some time in a set-apart location. A periodic “reset” can enable us to return to our routine refreshed and equipped to better deal with everyday life.

Hospitality

An essential element of that sequestered setting is hospitality. As Christians, we, on a daily basis, battle the enemy and the evil he inflicts on the world. We are wearied by the attacks that hound us. When we receive a warm welcome in a safe place it sets the stage to receive the rest, truth, and wisdom we need. When the sequestered place involves a kind greeting, a comfortable place to sit, and tasty food served, our bodies relax and our minds begin to slow to a calmer state.

Worship

Worshiping the Lord is a critical part of bringing about change in our lives. After we undergo the internal changes that the sequestered setting and hospitality have worked in us, we are more ready to engage in worship. From the more peaceful and content place in which we find ourselves, we set our attention and intention on the Lord. When we sing songs of praise and offer words of gratitude to the Lord, our hearts are joining with the One Who created us and Who draws us with lovingkindness. It is important to the process of restoration to engage in worship, to pour out from the fullness of our grateful hearts, to give back to God through our worship.

Experiential Learning

Learning by doing can be a significant catalyst for change. This is why experiential learning is woven into Battlefield events. Experiencing something new, whether that is going on a picnic, doing an art project, paddling a kayak or climbing a mountain, is a great opportunity to learn crucial life skills. Engaging in a new activity, then processing that activity, gives us a chance to look at, think about, and talk through things in a whole new way. We can learn how to overcome fear, express discomfort, relate to other people, and much more when we are in a new setting and doing things we are unfamiliar with. Although all the components of change are regularly utilized in Battlefield events, Experiential Learning is highlighted in the Trips to Enrich branch of the ministry.

Content

All components of change mentioned above set the stage for receiving truth according to the present need. Being warmly received in a sequestered place generates the mental energy to be able to hear and think about making changes in our perspective about our life and the challenges it brings. The acts of worshiping the Lord and experiencing something new awakens areas of our soul that may have been sleeping, covered-up, or lifeless. Once ignited, our hearts and minds are prepared to hear and consider the teaching offered.

We need the tender care of the Gentle Shepherd, the comfort of the Holy Spirit, and the lovingkindness of God the Father which draws us to Himself. Here, we are in position to receive the truth of His great love for us and can choose to allow it to pour over and into our weary souls. We need tools to wisely navigate our own heart and our relationships. Doing these two things well sets us up to be more effective in the work God has called us to do.

The Five Components of Change in Many Areas

Finding a sequestered setting with hospitality and participating in worship and experiential learning to prepare the heart for getting deeper understanding of self, others, and God are things we incorporate into many areas of Battlefield Ministries. As individuals, we can also seek out these things in our lives. When choosing time away with your spouse, family, or for self-care, consider intentionally weaving these components of change into that time.

Trips to Enrich-Did You Know?

Through what we call Trips to Enrich, Battlefield Ministries hopes to offer attainable experiences that include all Five Components of Change. We value adventure through whichever activity you choose and offer expertise and safety in order that you might attend and benefit from time with your family, friends, small group, or co-workers outside of your normal context with them.  

Different activities represent different levels of adventure for everyone and is based on the specific needs and desires of the given group. We set up activities aiming at the two important factors of Experiential Learning; having a new experience and learning something new about yourself and those around you. 

Very seldom do these meaningful experiences fall into our laps. Making room in your calendar and provision in your life to be sequestered for intentional time, whether for a couple of hours or an overnight trip, is a way to set yourself up for the growth and meaningful interactions we all long for.

Worship, prayer, the application of Scripture, and engaging in meaningful conversation bring the richness of life our hearts and souls deeply crave. Slowing things down in the midst of a fun, exciting adventure in order to connect spiritually with God and others is vitally important. Our hearts are absolutely required for this life and we must make provision for all hearts to be present in our most important interactions.

Providing hospitality is the opportunity to bless everyone present in a way that is unique to them. From favorite campfire treats to special treasures as we explore the area, everyone has something that makes them feel at home away from home. The goals of hospitality are for everyone to feel welcome, safe, and cared for.

Chances are, we each have a component that really draws us in; adventure, hospitality, getting away, or connecting with God in worship and in truth. All of these things in combination are powerful, and when all Five Components of Change are present, each component serves as a doorway to the others. When you experience all of them together, a fun day of rock-climbing becomes a Trip to Enrich.

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