ELECTIVES

What is an elective?

An elective is an extra training opportunity during your DTS to focus on the things that interest you most and where you can use your skills/gifts/passions to serve God. This will be something you do in addition to the regular DTS schedule (class, work duties, worship, etc,). The elective will include a few extra hours each week of focused learning and practical application alongside an experienced staff in your chosen area of interest.

Choose your elective:

Photography elective

Vision:

Our photography elective values the impact and influence we can have in reaching the next generation on social media. We want to see people who connect with this passion come to learn photography and how to use social media as a missionary.

Focus:

You will work closely in connection with our creative communications team on projects we will actually use. Our staff who will help train you in the basics of photography from shooting to editing. You will also get practical experience helping photograph events, portraits and daily life at here at Grimerud. You will have the opportunity to use what you have learned while on outreach.

Outcomes:

  • Learn how to correctly compose and take photos
  • Edit and use photos for social media
  • Understand how photography can be used for storytelling
worship elective

Vision:

Our worship elective is created to disciple and invest in future worship leaders and missionaries the value of hosting God’s presence. We desire to see people who are passionate about this sphere grow in these skills and giftings.

Focus:
Our worship elective will include a few hours each week that will give you extra time to devote to this area of growth and experience. During these hours you will work closely with one of our long-term worship staff. You may be assigned to help with one of our daily worship rhythms (morning prayer, staff fellowship meeting etc.) as well as events and monthly worship activities.

Outcomes:

  • Learn how to lead a worship service
  • Grow deeper in intimacy with Jesus
  • Lead worship times on outreach
barista elective

Vision:

Our barista elective is about cultivating a value for hospitality and a really good coffee. We love to seeing our cafe ministry used as connection point with the local community.  The home of this elective is in our cafe, The Bird and Baby, which is located in the heart of our main building.

Focus:

Our barista elective will give you the opportunity to express your passion for coffee in a missions context. You will work with our cafe staff to make a variety of beverages as well as help with our cafe operation both during regular hours and for events. You may also volunteer some in our partner cafe ministry Café Uno in the nearby city of Hamar.  
 
Outcomes:
  • Learn how to make lattes, pour overs and more
  • Gain experience in running a cafe
  • Work in our local partner cafe ministry
family elective

Vision:

God made families for missions. We believe that since families play a key role in missions that it’s important that we create space for them to do so in a healthy manner.

Focus:

If you are wanting to do a DTS as a family, this elective is for you. Families will have a different schedule that fits the needs of a family. We believe that families need intentional family time and the option of a shorter outreach in order to thrive. DTS will stretch you, but we want you to come away more whole and spiritually healthy as a family, while still getting God’s heart for you and for missions.

Outcomes:

  • Learn how to operate in missions as a family
  • Grow stronger in understanding your advantages in missions as a family
  • Engage in an outreach that utilizes your family as an asset not a limitation

*Running parallel to the Family Elective, will also be a Foundations Program for kids ages 4-15. This is a kids version of DTS.