Help Needed: Mentoring and Discipleship for Leaders

imageNext year, our area is kicking off a focused effort for one-on-one discipling and mentoring of leaders, mostly college sophomores (the year after our FYL program).

If we all got in a room and tried to find a consensus about “how do we share the gospel with people”, we would probably all describe almost the same thing (with some variations here and there). But, if we did the same thing and tried to find a consensus about “how do we disciple and mentor people”, I think we would be all over the place. One reason is that “how to do it” is not as explicit in the Bible as is the gospel (I could talk a lot about that, but I’ll save that for a later day). Because of this, I think most people feel like they are starting with a blank page when they think about adult discipleship and mentoring. I don’t have a blank page, I myself have been discipled and mentored, and have done that for others as well, and, as you might imagine, I usually have lots of ideas about all kinds of stuff, including this. But, I would imagine the collective readership of YLHelp has bigger, better ideas, more experience, and better questions as well.

Just to be clear, this would not be leader training. This would be something along the lines of a college aged person meeting once a week or every other week one-on-one with someone more mature in their life and faith.

What works?

What doesn’t work?

How do you find mentors/mentees?

What direction do you give for these relationships?

Do you have a training for the mentors/mentees?

Any tips from those who have been doing this as a YL area for more than a year or two?

Thanks again for your help!

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