Thursday, January 17, 2013

Thank You Mentors

The youTheology mentors play a key role in the leadership growth of youTheologians in our one-year journey. During this national mentoring month, we salute them and thank them for their faithfulness in journeying with youTheology students over the course of one-year, and even beyond that. Mentoring makes all the difference, especially those times when the students are not in residence. Thank you mentors.

We remember mentors in the Bible from whom we can take example: Eli and Samuel, Naomi and Ruth, Priscilla and Paul. A mentor does not need to be perfect but to be available and willing to appropriately share their journey, the highs and the struggles, and God's work in her or his life. Moreover, a mentor is more willing to listen than to speak, providing encouragement and when apt, challenge. The time spent with the mentee as well as the genuine interest and caring showed, makes all the difference.

You may not be a youTheologymentor but you can still mentor. There are many young people in our churches and society longing for an adult who cares enough to invest in them. Will you be the one?

In addition, encourage the adults in your congregation to mentor the students there. They may be hesitant at first, even unsure of their capability to relate. However, once they begin and remember that it is about the student and his or her growth in God, doing it unto the Lord, they will be amazed at the difference it will make. You can also contact us for mentoring resources.

God bless our mentors.

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