For those who were unable to attend the Mentoring and Ministering training event, we’d love to recap some highlights from our speakers. Today, we are going to share some of Jenny Andrew’s talking points about intentional mentoring. Jenny Andrews was mentored under the One to One Discipling materials when she first became a Christian. For nearly five years she has been mentoring others under that same curriculum.
Mentoring needs to intentional.
- Sometimes we assume that people naturally understand what we mean when we give them instructions. Jenny sited an example of instructing her toddler son on a task, only to find him in a hysterical predicament. She assumed he understood his instructions, but since no one had ever taught him a particular term… well, he used his toddler logic to fill the gap. We teach them, because we love them.
- When we start a new job, we don’t show up on the first day understanding everything expected of us. We require training and time. Someone had to show us how to do the job. Someone was intentional in teaching you, whether out of love or because they were paid to.
- Jesus intentionally pour into his disciples, and the people He would encounter. Jenny shared with us the scripture, Luke 6:12-16. Jesus selected Judas Iscariot as a disciple, even though He knew that Judas would betray Him. Jesus still poured into Judas, teaching him and guiding him.
I really thought this was a fantastic point, that Christ knew that Judas would ultimately betray Him… and yet that didn’t stop Jesus from investing in Judas. Especially in Women’s Ministry, we can be hurt by the women we serve along with. A friend once said “even sheep will bite”. If Jesus can love and invest in Judas, then I can serve or serve alongside those who may have hurt me. This doesn’t mean we become doormats, it is healthy to establish boundaries, we can love and pray for them from a safe distance.
Jenny Andrews continued, by sharing that it isn’t enough to see the example made by Jesus, but that we need to put that into practice too. If we are to be Christ-like, we must do Christ-like things. We start in prayer and then more forward into intentional disciple making.
I felt the need to share with others about the One to One Program because I went through it myself and it taught me a lot. The One to One Discipling ministry that I co-lead at my church has ministered to at least 100 women in the last 5 years since it started.
Jenny Andrews, Connect Church
Every time I do it, I learn something new.Jenny Andrews, Connect Church
What if each woman here took on one women in our church’s and being topour into them what we know? We would have solid believing Christianwomen because we believed in them.Jenny Andrews, Connect Church
Can I encourage you to set a goal whether you use this tool or another to be intentional on mentoring at least one woman this year? Ladies, we are inthis together. We need women who will mentor us in new areas and seasonof our lives. We also need to be those women.Jenny Andrews, Connect Church
You can connect with Jenny Andrews via her Facebook page or Blog, or at an upcoming Women’s Ministry Council meeting. Thank you Jenny, for sharing your heart for mentoring. We are blessed by your words and challenged as leaders to be intentional!
Monday, we will finish up our recap with speaker Aimee Nelson.