Today we’re sharing a preview of FLOURISH: A Mentoring Journey. Order your copy or see a free sample at LifeWay.com/FLOURISH. We’ve also included some fun, free downloads at the end of this post to celebrate these new resources!
In my early 20s, I nervously called the women’s minister at my local church and asked her to help me find a mentor. I felt a bit directionless, and I wasn’t sure of my next steps. I figured, What could it hurt to have an older, wiser woman speak into my life? In every area, spiritually, relationally, I was ready for the process.
I had been told the women’s minister was “the connector,” someone who knew nearly every woman in our church and took the time to intentionally pair women together. She asked me a few questions and then gave my information to an older woman who graciously reached out to me. Then my new mentor even more graciously shared her time and wisdom with me.
But, what about those churches that don’t have the benefit of a “connector” to make such gospel-grace pairings? Or, what about women who find themselves in a mentoring relationship but aren’t quite sure how to move past casual chitchat?
You’re not alone.
In fact, we’ve heard many of the same concerns from women all over the country, just like you, who desire close-knit community and deeper spiritual intimacy. That’s why we’ve partnered with Passion City Church in Atlanta, Georgia, to bring you FLOURISH: A Mentoring Journey.
In this pair of gorgeous resources (one for the mentor and one for the mentee), you’ll find a yearlong mentoring journey based on Scripture, covering six topics: The Word, Identity, Prayer, Calling, Gratitude, and Kinship. Below is a sample from the mentee journal for you to flip through!
For those of you who are familiar with our LifeWay Women Bible studies, this resource brings a fresh twist. It provides a year (yes, you read that right) of a very manageable 5 days of weekly study through Scripture. We plan for these prompts to take you about 10 to 15 minutes a day. In the journal, you’ll also find prompts and suggestions on how to share what God is teaching you with your mentor or mentee.
Speaking of sharing life with your mentor or mentee, much of this mentoring journey is adaptable for your particular ministry environment. We like to think of it as a choose-your-own mentoring journey (remember those old choose-your-own-adventure books?). The resource is easily adapted to meeting in pairs one-on-one or in groups. Likewise, you can meet as often or as little as works best for you, though we do recommend you meet at least once a month.
We’ve provided leader helps in the Mentor Journal, including session questions and goals to help your study of each topic. These will come in handy when you meet with your mentee, and you might even want to consider walking through the goals with your mentee before you begin each section’s topic. In addition to session goals and questions, the Mentor Journal is chock full of guidance for the mentor, everything from the “why” behind biblical mentoring to a sample schedule for your meeting times with your mentee.
Churches, we’ve not forgotten about you. This mentoring journey is designed with you in mind as well and would easily translate to a launch with the whole of your women’s ministry. We are more than ready to equip you and walk alongside you in the process. We’ve created a website, LifeWay.com/FLOURISHMentor, to help you lay the foundation for your church’s mentoring journey. There you’ll find everything from mentor interview questions to administrative suggestions and troubleshooting tips. We’ve got you covered.
God created us to be in community with other believers because He knew we couldn’t do life alone. We pray these journals will help establish strong relationships between both mentors and mentees as they dig into understanding God’s truth and love through His Word together. Let’s journey together in deeper love for God and one another.
Sarah Doss is a Content & Production Editor with LifeWay. She loves a quirky sitcom, baking as therapy, and travel (international or otherwise). As a recovering Lisa Frank enthusiast, she maintains a healthy affinity for school supplies and all things letterpress. Keep up with her on Twitter (she loves Twitter friends) at @sarahdossy.
Want to learn more about these new resources? Watch the short video below or learn more at LifeWay.com/FLOURISH.
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