WHAT IS IT?
In this month’s Toolbox Resource,we hope to help parents better assess and discern whether their child or teenager has Christian mentors who are supporting and encouraging them in their faith journey. There are specific and intentional decisions that parents can make in order to surround their children with the voices they need to help them process the doubts, questions, and issues they are facing. This month’s Toolbox Resource provides parents with a practical assessment they can use to determine the steps they can take to help their children and teenagers have the godly mentors they need.
HOW TO USE IT
- Download the Mentoring Assessment. and post it on your website.
- Email parents a copy of the resource and encourage parents to set aside some time to go through it.
- Print copies of the resources for parents to grab at church and let them know where they can pick them up.
Relational ministry happens when adults who have genuine faith in Jesus spend time with kids and teenagers, building relationships with them and sharing the good news of the Gospel through natural relationships. It goes beyond just being teachers and wanting to share content; it’s adults choosing to become spiritual mentors and life-on-life disciplers. It’s what Jesus did with His disciples, and it’s the model of ministry we see all through Scripture. So, as children’s and youth ministry leaders, a big part of our role is to build a ministry where discipleship happens, not primarily through what takes place in a classroom or on a stage, but what takes place as adults pour into kids and teens and they live life together in biblical community and accountability. And you have the opportunity to make this happen in your church because the kids and teenagers in your care need significant adults who will love and encourage them as they grow in their lives and faith.
In this month’s coaching videos, we will spend some time together unpacking that idea and providing you with some ideas you and your adult leaders can use to help parents lead at home.
As they seek to raise their kids and teens in the faith, parents need lots of help. They may not recognize it, but one of the best things that the church can do for them is build a team of goldy adult teachers and leaders who can model what it means to have an authentic faith and be adults worth imitating. Spiritual mentors can serve as living testimonies, embodying the values and teachings of the faith, and play a pivotal role in shaping the spiritual journey of the next generation. This month’s Online Parenting Class helps parents see the value of having these mentors in the lives of their children and teens. It will also provide them with practical ideas on how to make this happen. When the church and the home are working together to influence kids and teens, deeper discipleship happens, and the kingdom of God grows.
New blog posts coming this month:
- For Youth Ministry Leaders: “Volunteers as Mentors” by Amy Diller
- For Kids’ Ministry Parents: “Finding Mentors for Your Child” by Amy Diller
- For Youth Ministry Leaders: “Teaching Your Teens That Mentors Matter” by Chris Sasser
- For Youth Ministry Parents: “Encouraging Mentoring Relationships” by Chris Sasser
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