Recently, I was privileged to be a fly on the wall as Southeast Christian Church launched its fourth season of men’s mentoring. It was a beautifully orchestrated evening as Southeast’s Men’s Pastor, Ronnie Cordrey, set the stage for what their 130 mentees and 38 mentors will experience together over the next nine months.
Launching anything brings energy and excitement, but it also requires a tremendous amount of time and effort. I once heard someone say that it takes 80% of the fuel to get a rocket off the ground. I have no idea if that’s true or not, but it sounds smart, and it helps make my point.
Whether you are starting a business, releasing a book, or launching a rocket into space, beginning any new endeavor requires careful planning and focused execution. The same is true for launching a mentoring group. Casting vision, recruiting mentors and mentees, choosing your mentoring track, and organizing your kickoff can be incredibly time-consuming. But if you’ve led a mentoring group before or seen the impact they can have on mentees and mentors alike, you know it’s time very well spent. Which is why I absolutely loved being a part of the opening evening of Southeast Christian’s latest mentoring journey. And while I didn’t ask Ronnie about it, I feel confident he and his team would agree that the eternal reward far outweighs the work they put into the launch.
So, carry on, you’re doing important work. The resources below focus on helping you, your church, and your mentors launch well.
This set of videos helps mentors launch their groups well. The first three overview the mentoring season and cover how to set the tone and create the environment. Then the last video is an interview with a church that did an excellent job launching their groups.
RM founder Regi Campbell shares seven easy-to-avoid mistakes we’ve seen mentors make (or have made ourselves). If you want to see your mentees build community and grow throughout the mentoring season, don’t do these things, and you’ll be in good shape!
The best mentors are good facilitators who ask more questions than give answers. But how do you ask good questions? Carey Nieuwhof shares the things he’s learned from conducting hundreds of interviews. It’s a great read as you begin to mentor a new group.
Dr. Randy Ross shares the three questions people ask when evaluating leaders. When these questions are answered affirmatively, people are much more likely to offer their heartfelt allegiance. These same questions provide a great framework for mentors to use as well.
ACTIVATE THE MEN IN YOUR CHURCH
Small group mentoring can help you engage your men, build your core group of leaders, and transform your church. Our free resources equip you with all the tools you need to launch a sustainable mentoring program.