Our Worcester training day went really well a couple of weeks ago, and we're looking forward to the Chesham event tomorrow. We're in the process of booking events in Stockport, North Shields, Warwick and Sheffield later this year and are looking at more venues for Spring 2010. Details will be added to the events page as they are finalised, and the mentoring training website. In the meantime, here are some thoughts from John Platt from South Staffs YFC on why he's a mentor.
What do you enjoy about mentoring others?
I have been mentoring people now informally for approximately 5 years and formally for two and a half years. Mentoring is something I do as part of my job - mentoring young people in schools with YFC, as well as during my free-time - mentoring young people and friends from church. I find mentoring extremely rewarding and fulfilling. Jesus was right when he said, ‘It is more blessed to give than to receive’ – you certainly get a blessing too! It is such an honour and a privilege to be able to input into and play a positive, supportive role in people’s lives, especially those of both young people and new Christians. There is no greater honour than to be invited by someone to fulfil a mentoring capacity in their life, to advise, guide, share, listen to, support and hold them to account.
Mentoring training is a key emphasis for us this year. We're hosting training events for both men and women and over the next few weeks will be featuring stories from people who mentor or who are being mentored. Here's the first from Andrew Rowlandson, a management trainee at Aviva:
'Mentoring for me has quite simply been life-changing. Over the years
of being mentored through adversity and privilege I’ve developed a
lifelong friendship with my mentor. I’ve been encouraged to take a step
back from my faith and explore different approaches and expressions of
following Christ uncompromisingly whilst relevant to today’s society,
to stand firm in my faith when challenges have come and to step out of
my comfort zone, take risks and see my God-given passions put into
action. As my faith has grown faster than before I have learnt to
pursue the areas of my life that cause me to come alive and embrace
more of who God has made me to be.
It’s a privilege to be mentored, not something I take for granted. To have someone who is actively interested in your spiritual growth is truly humbling. My mentor, and now close companion on the journey, gives me opportunities to reflect, be challenged and ultimately a license to be raw, real and excruciatingly honest. Through times of silence, prayer, emotion and deafening zeal we’ve learnt together more of what it means to live for Christ today. The red wine and multiple curries haven’t been bad either!'