Marsha Maibach and Lindsay Steiner are beginning a Mentoring Ministry The following is some information regarding it. If you are interested in being involved in mentoring – fill out the form below! Please contact them if you have any questions 🙂
— Mentoring Ministry —
Purpose: Spiritual growth through friendship.
“Two are better than one; because they have a good reward for their labor.” Ecclesiastes 4:9 (KJV)
What is a mentoring ministry? It is a ministry for women of all ages based on Titius 2:3-5. “Likewise, teach the older women to be reverent in the way they live, not to be slanderers or addicted to much wine, but to teach what is good. Then they can urge the younger women to love their husbands and children, to be self-controlled and pure, to be busy at home, to be kind, and to be subject to their husbands, so that no one will malign the work of God.”(NIV) It is a ministry that intentionally develops friendships among women of different generations. Women invest in the lives of each other through encouragement, guidance, listening, laughing, and loving. The goal is to form strong and lasting relationships that are a source of support, growth, and strength.
What is a mentor and what does she do? A mentor is a wise woman who is mature in faith and consistent in godly conduct. She is willing to listen, share skills, and provide a positive perspective for life experiences. She provides wisdom and offers a spiritually sound, safe and fun friendship to a younger woman.
Why have a mentoring ministry? The Lord commands us to tell the next generation ~ Psalms 145:4, 48:13, 71:18 and 78:4. Teaching what we’ve learned is the Lord’s plan for growth and maturity ~ Titus 2:2-5. Spiritual friendships are extremely valuable in a woman’s life ~ Proverbs 27:9 and 17.
What commitment does the mentoring ministry require? You agree to make contact once a week, i.e., email, calls, card, text, etc. You agree to meet approximately monthly, or every other month, i.e., walking, getting coffee or ice cream, even working on a fun project, Bible study, etc. Although this could be in church, we encourage you to be more intentional than that. You agree to pray for each other regularly.
How will I be “matched” with my partner? You will fill out the profile sheet, and the mentoring team will prayerfully determine who is matched. We will make every effort to allow the Lord to do the choosing, not ourselves.
Creative ideas for building relationships:
- Share a time when you were aware of God’s presence, help, or timing in your life.
- Read a chapter in the Bible every day; share once a week what the verses said to you.
- Read the same book, a chapter a week, and discuss what you’ve learned.
- Keep a daily journal describing how you have seen God in your life that day. Share some highlights with your partner each week.
- What concerns have been on your heart lately?
- Pray daily for your partner. Initiate praying together.
- As you pray about specific problems, discuss how God has been answering your prayers.
- Write a simple note of encouragement/appreciation to your mentoring partner.
- Give a simple green plant, to grow as your friendship grows.
- Call to sing or wish “Happy Birthday.”
- Simply call to ask “How are you?”
- What is your talent? Could you make a simple memento for your partner?
- Give a bookmark you made or bought.
- Share a favorite dessert.
- Meet for coffee, tea, breakfast, lunch, or dinner.
- Share a normal activity: a walk, an errand, shopping
- Attend a Bible study together.
- Can you make an apple pie, balance a budget, or make bread together?
These are just a few ideas to get you started…