Number of weeks: 3
Required books?: No
Live video session?: No
Part of a certification or series of courses?: No
Young people need the example and experience of faithful adults to become mature Christians themselves. Your conversations with young people mean more to them than you know! Learn how to talk with a young person about their faith, their interests, and their calling in this mentor training course.
This three week course on mentoring helps adult laypeople form a mentoring relationship with a young person. It approaches mentoring as a dynamic relationship between a mentor, a young person, and the Holy Spirit which produces spiritual growth. By the end of this course, you’ll have the tools and resources to form faithful, meaningful, and dynamic mentoring relationships.
Concepts covered in this course are based on research and experience, and include 1) what mentoring is, 2) how to begin and maintain a mentoring relationship, and 3) common pitfalls. Discussion in the class is rooted in the participants’ own setting and experiences.
While the mentoring style taught in this course is primarily intended for one-on-one relationships, the concepts covered could be adapted for use in small groups.
Once you complete this course, you’ll become a lifetime member of the Timothy Circle online community of mentors and given access to the Timothy Circle database of volunteer, work, and school opportunities for young people.
For those unfamiliar with BeADisciple online courses:
All participants in a BeADisciple course session start and end the course on the same days, and work through class materials at roughly the same pace as lessons are slowly made available throughout the duration of the course. Since this is an online class, participants can log in and interact with each other and the class materials during the times of the week that work best for them. Participants will have the best experience if they can check back every so often to stay engaged in the conversation and contribute more than just once each week. There are a few simple activities to complete, but completing this course shouldn’t require more than a couple hours total of reading and participation each week.
This course is more laid back than some other courses on BeADisciple, but please plan to spend a couple of hours each week in discussion and reading through course materials.
It is not required, but it is recommended, that you read Spiritual Mentoring: A guide for Seeking and Giving Direction, written by Keith R. Anderson and Randy D. Reese, as a part of this course.
This course is eligible for 1.0 CEU.
About the Timothy Circle
The Timothy Circle is a sister program of BeADisciple and is focused on helping connect young people with opportunities that will further their understanding of their call. You can learn more about the Timothy Circle on the Institute for Discipleship website or by watching the following video about the program:
About the Instructor
Julie Lashier holds a Masters in Divinity from Asbury Theological Seminary, and she is ordained with the Evangelical Church Alliance and is a board certified professional chaplain. In her work in chaplaincy, as well as working with a mentoring program for college students, she has discovered a love and passion for the power of mentoring relationships. Julie lives in Winfield, Kansas, with her husband Jackson and their three children Ruthie, Rachel and David. It is a joy to watch them grow in this community. When she is not running after one of them, she loves to read, walk, garden and connect with friends.
Past Students Said…
“Lots of helpful ideas to share with my mentors when I train them.”
“What I liked best about this course is that it led me to reflect on my thoughts of what mentoring is, especially in the spiritual aspect. While it dealt with familiar enough material, it also caused me to look at things in a different light.”
“Although the emphasis of this course was focused on a ‘one-on-one’ setting the environment of a class of youth I believe will provide opportunity to put into practice similar techniques and questions utilized in a mentor-mentee setting.”
“I appreciated the practical suggestions, such as the suggested question and conversation resources and Faith Journey material to use with youth.”
“I am grateful for the experience and the feedback from Julie and the fellow students. I feel better equipped and prepared to enter into thoughtful conversation with the youth.”
“What I liked best were the comments from the other participants. They offered encouragement and insight as well as positive examples. I am looking forward to mentoring a young person when God places them in my care.”
“Would recommend this to others for sure!”