Commitment, knowledge, & tools = sustainability

Photos above from Good Tidings Gospel Chapel Big Sisters Mentoring Ministry Our three goals for mentoring — let me rephrase that — our three mandates for mentoring are that the ministry should be safe — for everyone involved, effective — the work accomplishes the goals and objectives of the program, and sustainable — it hasContinue reading “Commitment, knowledge, & tools = sustainability”

Mentoring young faith leaders

In light of the many stories we hear about youth who are abandoning the church, CAYM is helping the Church of God in South Carolina develop their Mentor1 program where teenagers desiring to become Christian leaders will be mentored by pastors and other church leaders. Research indicates that youth stay connected to Christ if they haveContinue reading “Mentoring young faith leaders”

Society is anxious. We all sense it.

The question is: What are we going to do with it? Here is the challenge: If we mentors sense the stress, we can be confident that our mentees also feel it as they navigate new schools, friendships, and trials this school year. A recent article by Drs. Saray Myruski and Kristin Buss, from Pennsylvania StateContinue reading “Society is anxious. We all sense it.”

From Dark to Radiant

Brett’s dad left years ago and had little contact with him. That didn’t dull the pain when his father died a few years later as a result of alcoholism. Brett’s life turned dark in his thoughts, activities and attire. He contemplated ending his life as he withdrew to his basement to self-medicate through excessively playingContinue reading “From Dark to Radiant”

The Importance of Humility in Leadership

“Now the man Moses was very humble, more than any man who was on the face of the earth.”[1] If you lead a mentoring program, then you are a zealot. What else could motivate you to give up your life for young people who view life quite differently than you do? I was a zealotContinue reading “The Importance of Humility in Leadership”

When Things Take a Turn for the Best

When Jesus rose early on the first day of the week, he appeared first to Mary Magdalene, out of whom he had driven seven demons. (Mark 16:9 NIV) We have an old saying that “things sometimes take a turn for the worst” … but sometimes things, even bad things, can take a turn for theContinue reading “When Things Take a Turn for the Best”

Too Young to be Without Hope

Please enjoy this success story from one ministry CAYM helped train. A four-year-old boy was about to get kicked out of preschool. Without parents in his life, Chris was out of control. The school was running out of options. Then a teacher suggested mentoring through the Appalachia Mentoring Project. For four straight weeks, Ken showedContinue reading “Too Young to be Without Hope”