Mentors can be a powerful tool in the spiritual development of students. It isn’t very hard to see the benefits that come from intentional mentoring relationships; but what can be difficult is knowing how to practically make mentoring a part of your ministry. What does an effective mentoring program look like? Where do you even start?
In Student Driven Mentoring, LeaderTreks proposes that mentoring relationships produce the most growth in students when they are given ownership of their growth and goals by letting it manifest from the journey they are personally on with Christ. This idea of student driven mentoring is not a formula or series of designated “right” steps. Mentoring is a very fluid and changing process because it’s based on the relationship of two uniquely wired people leading two unique lives. There are some things that work for one mentoring relationship, that would not work for another.
Included in this resource are some examples of the best practices that LeaderTreks has seen and used, and it is our hope that one of these will connect with you and your ministry. Student Driven Mentoring can be used by anyone interested in mentoring. Whether you are a youth pastor just starting to learn about mentoring, or you are an adult who has been involved in mentoring for years – this resource engages in a conversation about how we as leaders can best help challenge and grow students as they continue in their journey of faith.