Woman to Woman Mentoring

Are you looking to find a way to plug-in to the Ridge in a more connective and intimate way? Do you tend to feel more “yourself” in situations with less people? Are you more interested in the deep conversations and getting to know others far below the surface? If you answered “yes” to these questions, you may consider the Woman to Woman Mentoring ministry! This six-month commitment will cultivate deep, meaningful relationships between two women as they journey together through a life focused on Jesus.
A mentoring relationship will feel different than a typical friendship in many ways, and similar in others. Mentoring includes discipleship and a “pouring out” from one woman to another, using personal experiences (both struggles and successes) to create confidential conversations. It will require time, attention, and a love for guiding another woman on her walk with Christ through life’s challenges and trials.
Mentoring does not require scholar-level knowledge of the bible or a counseling degree! A heart for another woman, a good listening ear, and a love of Jesus are all that are required to mentor. This weekly connection will continue to transition from a “hundred pennies” to a “four quarters” life that we long to create. A willingness to mentor is not an act of arrogance but an act of obedience (Titus 2:3-5). Mentoring is not an identity tied to pride, but rather an act of submission to our call to love another.
Are you ready to be the Naomi to a Ruth seeking connection with a spiritual sister?
Interested? Let us know.

Details

Being a part of a mentoring relationship requires a six-month commitment, attendance at the Orientation Brunch, and attendance at the Kick-Off Meeting. Much prayer, discernment, and planning have been put into these requirements. If you can’t commitment to all three of these at this time, that is ok, there will be another session later.

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5 Reasons for Mentoring in Women’s Ministry

From Lifeway

1. The Bible commands it.
Scripture says, “Likewise, teach the older women to be reverent in the way they live, not to be slanderers or addicted to much wine, but to teach what is good. Then they can train the younger women to love their husbands and children, to be self-controlled and pure, to be busy at home, to be kind, and to be subject to their husbands, so that no one will malign the word of God.” (Titus 2:3-5).

2. God calls women to it. 
“Those he predestined, he also called” (Rom. 8:30). God knew from the beginning that women would need some instruction on godly living, so He called the older, more spiritually mature women of His church to teach younger Christian women that which is good. This includes single, married, divorced, widowed, professionals, homemakers, and every woman of the church.

3. God qualifies women for the task. 
If we “examine the biblical basis for a woman’s worth and God’s place for her in ministry from the perspective of women as qualified for ministry,” we see that women can minister with other women like no one else. Women are qualified for a number of reasons.

  • They have been created in the image of God.
  • They are qualified by redemption.
  • They are qualified by Old Testament example.
  • They are qualified by the example of Jesus.
  • They are qualified by the example of the early church.
  • They are qualified by Scriptural injunction.
  • They are qualified by opportunity.
  • They are qualified by the blessing their ministry brings to the entire church.

4. A mentoring ministry will build the church. 
Vickie Kraft, author of Women Mentoring Womensays, “I believe God gives each congregation the gifted women it needs to minister to the unique needs of its women. When older women train the younger women in a vital women’s ministries program, not only are the women encouraged, but families and marriages are strengthened and stabilized…A church without a vital ministry to women is like a home without a mother.”

5 . There are blessings for the mentor.
In a mentoring ministry, mentors help other women along in the journey of faith. They also equip younger women with the essentials they need to live godly lives. In “Packing for the Journey,” in Christian Single magazine, Deborah Tyler says, “You have to slow down enough to listen, to care. You will have to consider the needs of others and not just your own. But the payoff is significant. As you travel the feminine journey, take time to listen to the beat of another’s heart. By doing so your own heart will grow stronger and you’ll have more energy for the road ahead.”

Listen carefully. The Bible commands mentoring; women are called to it; they are qualified for it; it builds the church; and it benefits the mentor. How could Christian women possibly say no to mentoring when God says yes? Oh, how younger women are searching for mature, godly role models—a Sarah, a Naomi, an Elizabeth—to guide them in the truth of God’s Word. Women are ordained through Scripture, called of God, and in need of one another. A mentoring program is vital in women’s ministry.

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