Help for Mentor Coordinators
Mentoring in the context of church means developing a one-on-one relationship with a youth for the purpose of spiritual nurture.
Why do we mentor youth?
How to lead a mentoring program
At least two people should work together to coordinate the mentoring program. This spreads the work out and gives the coordinators someone else to confer or brainstorm with. The best time to match youth with a mentor is sixth or seventh grade because middle school/junior high is the time of life when youth are most likely to have the time for a mentoring relationship. Provide this age group with organized mentor-mentee activities, and then encourage them to continue meeting on their own when the student is in high school.
Responsibilities of the mentor coordinator:
1. Oversee the process of matching youth to mentors.
2. Plan and host at least six gatherings a year for junior high-aged youth and their mentors.
3. Provide ideas, advice and a method of reporting activities for the mentors, incorporating child protection measures.
4. Provide ideas, encouragement and accountability for all mentors, including mentors of high schoolers.
5. Be alert to opportunities within the congregation and community for mentors and youth to relate and serve together.
6. Work with other youth leaders in the congregation to coordinate the overall youth ministry efforts of the congregation.
If you have questions about leading a mentoring program in your congregation, write to email@example.com.