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WAM House FAQs

 

students 1 Q. What does “WAM” stand for?
A. Workplace As Missions

Q. What do you mean by “workplace transformation catalyst”?


A. If you earn money doing something, you’re in the workplace. The WAM House specifically targets the non-church related workplace. Transformation means to change something. The WAM House specifically wants to equip young adults to change, or redeem, the workplace- the marketplace- through Jesus Christ, for Jesus Christ. A catalyst is something small put into something bigger that causes a reaction disproportionate to its size. Another similar word would be “change agent.”

What is the WAM House?
 


Q. What is the WAM House?
A. The WAM House is a training center program that sets out to equip young adults to transform their workplace and marketplace for the cause of Christ, their employers, employees, communities and the nations.

Q. What is the “marketplace”?
A. You’ll often hear us say the term “marketplace.” The marketplace is a location where goods, services and ideas are exchanged. The marketplace essentially touches all aspects of life and culture.

Q. How did the WAM House get started? Where did the idea come from?
A. The founder, John Scroggins, says that God started working on the individual pieces in his heart and mind about five years prior to the idea. In 2006, some of the pieces started coming together and he started developing the name and structure of the organization. John has been one to integrate his faith into his work life and tried to share Jesus with people through word and deed packaged in love, truth and grace. In 2001, after a layoff from a job, he had some cool opportunities to travel abroad and learn about Business As Missions and Marketplace Ministry from some of the contemporary pioneers on the topics. This training and exposure ignited a passion and a desire to learn more. In 2005, John moved into a Discipleship House in Columbus, Ohio, USA, owned by Rosedale Mennonite Missions as a way to get nearer a house church plant he was involved in. The community-based living experience with like-minded Believers added the community living concept to the developing model of the organization. The mentorship component of the program was driven by John’s own personal desire to have a mentor in his life as he recognized the importance of learning from someone who “has already been there.” The mission of the WAM House reflects what John believes to be one of his personal life purposes, which stated in his sometimes wordy way, “To win, build and send disciples for Jesus Christ throughout the spheres of cultural influence around the world, resulting in the life-changing transformation of the marketplace in those spheres.” In 2007, John married Angie, and with her encouragement, changed the name from BAM House (Business As Missions) to WAM House (Workplace As Missions) so that more people could identify with the program and that it would more accurately reflect the vision. As the logo illustrates, the vision continues to be global in nature, with the dream of seeing WAM Houses around the globe.

Q. Is the WAM House a para-church organization of a particular denomination?
A. No. The WAM House does, however, work with churches that share in the posted core statement of beliefs.

Q. How long has the WAM House been operating?
A. The WAM House has been in organizational and structural development since 2006. We graduated our first class of participants in June 2010.


Q. What is the long-term vision of the WAM House?
A. The long-term vision of the WAM House is to see the transformation of the marketplace for the cause of Christ throughout the globe. We would like to see a network of WAM Houses established throughout the world.

How does the program work? 

Q. How will the equipping happen?
A. Through three components: Community based living (optional), Mentorship relationships, and through a dynamic learning model with book discussions and real-time life application sessions.

Q. What is “community-based living”?
A. Although the WAM House residential component is not a boarding house for college students, and the WAM House is not a college, an example of community-based (residential) living arrangements is that of many college students. It is not at all uncommon for college students to rent an apartment together as they go to college in order to share costs and enjoy community with one another as they go through a similar life experience. (“Community” in the sense of a sharing together among friends, peers, and those pursuing some of the same goals, not in the sense of a civic-oriented type of greater community). Today, young adults are trending toward continuing to search out others after graduation, often based on similar life goals, worldviews, interests, etc…, who enjoy the value of experiencing life together in community by renting or owning a house together. Participants can opt out of the community based living.

Q. Where will the activities be conducted?
A. Churches often have their smaller groups meet midweek at congregants’ homes to study the bible or a book that teaches biblical principles. A similar concept will be used for the WAM House organization. The bulk of the book discussions will occur in the participants’ residence common living area (kitchen, dining room, living room, porch, patio, etc…). However, they may sometimes choose to hold their discussions in other venues, just as a church’s small group may decide to have bible study someplace other than the church or home. Locations for mentorship will be determined by the mentor and the mentored. Special speakers will likely do most of their speaking at the participants’ residence.

The WAM House organization’s “community-living based” component of the program aims to offer that type of enrichment option to participants. Participants are encouraged to do so because of the added enrichment of experiencing life together as they participate in the program. The community living aspect of the WAM House program has the added dimension of the shared focus by participants on a theme, that of learning how to integrate their faith in all aspects of their life, but especially work.

Just like in families and friendships, the context of living together often offers the best opportunities for teachable moments, learning and mentorship.

Q. What if I already have a place to live? Do I have to live in a program house to participate?
A. No. Participants can participate in the dynamic learning facet of the program. Ask about a satellite program near you. (Currently only in the Columbus, Ohio area.)

Q. What are the living arrangements if I choose to opt in to the community living part of the program?
A. WAM Houses will be in urban settings, sometimes inner-city, sometimes neighborhoods nearby the inner-city. Housing can be in apartments, duplexes (a house divided into two apartments, independent of each other), or individual houses. Men and women will not be housed together. Depending on the size of the living space, sometimes participants will share a room, sometimes not.

Q. How does the Mentoring work?
A. Participants will be given a list of mentors to select from or given the option to find their own, with help from WAM House staff in how to approach a potential mentor. Participants will read and discuss materials on the subject of mentoring. One example of materials that participants may read and discuss is “Mentoring: How to Invest Your Life in Others” by Tim Elmore. Only mentors with a Christian worldview will be invited to be mentors, and these will be people who see the importance (and actually practice) the transformation Jesus Christ can make in an individual’s life and culture.

Q. What is a “dynamic learning model”?
A. A dynamic learning model is the combination of book and material reading, real-life, real-time application, informal facilitated discussion, and experienced perspectives from people who have “been there, done that”, creating an intellectual yet very practical and applicable way to learn. Book discussion: Participants will read assigned reading for the week and then review the reading the following week in a group book discussion format. Questions that focus on life application and integration of the concepts will guide participants to think critically about what they are learning, how it relates to everyday life, and what adjustments they should consider making. Refer to the “Course Descriptions” in the presentation for topics. The bulk of the materials and worldview are faith-based (Christian faith.) Participants will be encouraged to refer to the Holy Bible and specific passages as they relate to topics they are learning and discussing and will be studying some of those passages together. As an assessment/evaluation, participants will be required to keep a journal to record how what they are learning is being applied to their work/life environment and what the results are. They will be encouraged to reflect on how what they are learning in the Bible and the other materials correlates to how they personally live out their work life.

Q. How will activity be initiated?
A. The book discussions will occur on a weekly basis, speakers on a semi-monthly or monthly basis, depending on their availability. Mentorship will be encouraged to occur on a monthly basis, but individuals will work out their own schedules with their mentors as far as what day of the month. Book study discussion, typically over supper, supplemented by speakers or mentors. Participants will discuss topic and how/if it applies to daily work life. The students should not only be able to discuss the book, but know how to cross reference to the bible for supporting passages on key topics.

Q. Who conducts the activity?
A. Each course will have a volunteer course facilitator who will lead book/article discussions once each week. Speakers will be brought in at strategic times to share their personal testimony as it relates to the courses’ material. Special speakers may be brought in anytime during the course of the program.

Q. How will participant performance be measured?
A. As an assessment/evaluation, participants will be required to keep a journal to record how what they are learning is being applied to their work/life environment and what the results are. They will be encouraged to reflect on how what they are learning in the Bible and the other materials correlates to how they personally live out their work life.

Q. What can I expect to take away from the program?
A. A participant should leave understanding…
•    That their work matters to God, we are co-laborers with Him, our job is of value and should be done with excellence
•    How to integrate their faith in the workplace and the marketplace in tactful and redemptive ways
•    Kingdom Workplace & Business Basics: Business Principles from the Bible (such as those related to project management, hiring, firing, leadership, employee compensation, customer service, pricing, etc…); the Triple Bottom Line; a biblical vision and purpose for business
•    Methods for facing objectives to their faith commonly found in the workplace

And equipped with tools for…
Solving ethical dilemmas:

• As an employer
• As an employee
• With customers
• With balancing work and the home
• With sexual dilemmas in the workplace

Communicating cross-culturally
Being an agent or catalyst for change
Getting along with your boss and peers without bending to unethical pressures
Overcoming obstacles of being like Christ in the workplace
Getting things done without sacrificing integrity
Discovering their calling

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Q. What are some expectations of participants for being a part of the program?
A. Participants are expected to continually pursue their relationship with Jesus, engage other participants, speakers, staff, and the neighborhood community as they would want to be engaged, adhere to the Membership Understanding if they choose the Community Living Option, and give the program their very best effort.

Q. Do you provide employment or connect me to jobs?
A. No. However, we are very networked in the marketplace and can connect you to potential employers. If you can’t find a job in your major, don’t worry. The costs of the program are low enough that you should be able to even take a lower wage job for the length of the program if need be.

Q. Why the requirement for working 20 hours in the secular marketplace?
A. Part of the Dynamic Learning Model is real-time application, processing and feedback. One of the best ways to learn is by doing. By working in the secular marketplace, you gain the opportunity to put into practice what you are learning, come and process it together with other participants, your mentor, and speakers and staff, make adjustments, and try again. In other words, this requirement serves as a real-time lab.


 Coursework
 

Q. What are the courses and how long do they last?
A. Last question first. Classes go for five terms over nine months. Terms are typically 8 weeks, depending on the course. Courses include: Becoming a Spiritual Influence at Work; Business As Missions; Christian Ethics for the Marketplace;  Discovering Our Calling & Theology of Work; and Transformation Catalysts Transforming the World Next Door & Around the Globe. For more details, refer to the Courses section under “Program”.


Sign Me Up
 

Q. How do I apply?
A. Go to the Applications tab, print and fill out the application, and send it in. Don’t forget to print out a reference form for your references. Applicants go through a selection process for admittance.

Q. How much does it cost?
A. If you select the community living option, the cost comes out to $495 per month, which covers lodging, utilities, house activities, speaker stipends, administrative costs, etc… So the total is $4,455 for the nine months of the program. Fifty-percent is required up front and the remaining balance can be paid on a monthly basis over the nine months. The participant buys their own books. Don’t worry, it’s not near as expensive as buying college textbooks. Expect to pay between $25-$50 per term for all the books you need that term. Many of the books will actually be used multiple terms. The participant buys their own food.

If you opt out of the community living & mentor option, and select the facilitated discussion & application only option, then the cost is $80 per month plus books. The venue may or may not occur at a hosting WAM House. The venue may often be a local church.

Q. Where do you find your participants?
A. Participants come from church young adult groups, college professor referrals, recruiting efforts at conferences, friends, campus ministry referrals, parent recommendations, etc…

Q. When does the program year start? How long does the program last?
A. The overall program start date is the third week of September and will last through  June.  It is a nine month program.

Q. Who can apply?
A. For the community-based option: single 20somethings who have a saving faith in Jesus Christ as Lord and Savior and seek to serve him on a daily basis. Twenty-something marrieds can apply for the non-community facilitated discussion & application and mentoring option and be placed in a group of other 20somethings closest to your area.

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Q. What if I’m out of my 20s?
A. You can participate in the non-community facilitated discussion & application option and mentoring in groups for those who aren’t in their 20s.

Q. What are you looking for in an applicant?
A. We are looking for participants who are adventurous in trying something new and exciting. Who want to know what it means to embrace their work and calling as a ministry. Can persevere when things get tough, and have a strong desire to make a difference for Jesus. They are in their 20s (and if they choose the community living option, single).

Q. How is the WAM House program different from other programs?
A. Most discipleship-type of programs focus on spiritual development, but don’t bridge participants to the life they will live after they go out into the “real world.” The WAM House does this.

Q. Is the WAM House program only for business majors or business people?
A. NO. The vision of the program is to equip young adults to be workplace transformation catalysts. If you hold a job or will hold a job, you qualify. We seek to send out equipped young adults into many of the major areas of cultural influence, including Arts and Entertainment,  Business/ Economy, Science, Technology & Medicine, Education, Media, Politics and Government, and the Social Sciences.

 Q. Is there a WAM House in my area?
 A. If you live in Columbus, Ohio, USA, then yes. If not, not yet. Our vision is to see a network of WAM Houses around the globe.

Get Involved
 

Q. Is the WAM House a non-profit?
A. Yes. The WAM House is a 501c3 organization and contributions may be tax deductible.

Q. How does the WAM House support itself?
A. Through program fees and the generous support of those who desire to support the vision of the WAM House through giving of their time, talent, and/or treasure.

Q. Who has gotten involved?
A. Many have supported the vision of the WAM House. We have monthly supporters as well as those who have volunteered to serve as speakers or mentors. See the speaker/mentor list under the Get Involved tab for a list of those who have volunteered to speak or mentor.The WAM House also has a board of advisors and a board of directors who have offered valuable input into the program.

Q. How do I help support or get involved in the vision of the WAM House?
A. There are many ways to get involved as a non-program participant. The WAM House is always looking for people who want to volunteer as speakers, mentors, administrative help, course facilitators, maintenance projects, collaborative ministries, I.T. help, and of course financial support. We also need help getting connected to the twenty-something audience, so young adult pastors play an important role in getting the word out about the WAM House. See our “Get Involved” tab for more detail.


  
  
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