Looking for good training material for your volunteers? Check out this awesome blog by Brandon Andersen. Mentorship has been something that has really been on my heart recently and a mentor of mine sent me this to read. The article presents 8 things that every mentor should be thinking about when investing in the young men in their ministry. It is full of wisdom that both affirms and convicts. Here is a great excerpt from it:
4. CALL THEM TO A PURPOSE, BUT NOT THEIR PURPOSE
Every guy wants to be something special, a hero, a man among men. In my experience, I have noticed a similar pattern when young men set out on their own. First, they pursue happiness, pleasure, and fun. Often this leads to partying, adventure, or a lazy pursuit of comfort in things like video games. When that dries out, they pursue meaning, usually in relationships, achievements, or causes. They let the meaning of their life rest on people and situations that will ultimately fail them. So flee youthful passions and pursue righteousness, faith, love, and peace, along with those who call on the Lord from a pure heart. 2 Timothy 2:22 The point is, man’s purposes are vapid, shallow, and fleeting (Ps. 39:5; Prov. 16:2) Often times leaving a lot of destruction in their wake (1 Tim. 6:9). Man was made for the purposes of God, and this desire is etched in our souls (Gen. 1:26–28). In the words of Pink Floyd, man would rather have a walk-on part in a war than a lead role in a cage. The war is the story of the kingdom of God, from creation to new creation, and it requires sacrifice for God’s glory, not ambition for our own. Invite them into the bigger story of God reconciling all things to himself (Eph. 1:7–10; 2 Cor. 5:11–21).
Don’t just limit this article to guy’s ministry because I believe many of these ideas are great for mentorship in general (no matter a guy or girl). What are some points that you would add to this blog? What are your tips on mentorship?