Number of weeks: 3
Required books?: No
Live video session?: Yes, optional
Part of a certification or series of courses?: No
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From a young person:
“When I was trying to figure this call stuff out, it would have been helpful to have someone just come alongside me and initiate that mentor relationship. That would have made me feel a little more supported and would have been an affirmation of the call placed on my life.” – Erynn
“Being there” for young people means more to them than you know! Youth and young adults people need the examples and experiences of faithful adults to become mature Christians themselves.
But it takes more than just casually interacting with a young person to grow their faith. Having a trusted Christian adult mentor to talk with about call — and how to follow that call — is critical in helping young people follow their God-given passion and purpose. And when young people follow their call from God, they are more engaged, more driven, and more devoted to the ministries of the church.
This three-week course helps adult laypeople form a mentoring relationship with a young person to produce spiritual growth. It teaches you how to talk with a young person about faith and calling, helping them participate in church and serve God throughout their lives. By the end of this course, you’ll have the tools, resources, and support of a mentoring community to develop and sustain faithful, meaningful, and dynamic mentoring relationships with young people.
The mentoring style taught in this course is primarily intended for one-on-one relationships, but the practices and advice will work when mentoring small groups of young people, as well.
There will be an optional video gathering during this course. We plan to hold these meetings at 9:30 PM EST during a weeknight to help those in other time zones but will do an initial poll to establish availability.
No one walks through their faith journey alone. Be the guide a young Christian in your life needs to follow God!
This course is eligible for 1.0 CEU.
About the Instructor
Teryl Cartwright is an award-winning writer and teacher. She is honored to be a Timothy Circle instructor. She has interviewed over 50 people including bishops, conference leaders, local church pastors, authors, camping directors and campus ministers to bring the most complete and diverse thinking to Culture of the Call and Mentoring courses.
She has an M.A. in Critical and Creative Thinking from UMass Boston, winning their Critical and Creative Thinking Award for Personal and Professional Development. She has a B.S. in Education from Clarion University and has worked with the international Creative HE (Higher Education) group to come up with creative new ways to teach.
For ten years she worked as a curriculum writer for Group Publishing and then served seven years as Director of Adult Ministries in a thousand member church. She is a facilitator at the God’s Calling workshop offered biannually by the Susquehanna Conference Enlistment & Interpretation Committee of the Board of Ordained Ministry and loves the “iron sharpening iron” opportunities to learn from her course participants.
Her mentoring experiences vary from working one-on-one with a young student from third to ninth grade (and still keeps in touch) to working with one to four adults at a time to discern a potential call into pastoral ministry after a God’s Call event. She has also mentored Christian writers and taught mentoring to church leaders in the local church.
She is a member of Spry Church (UMC) in York, PA. Her volunteer work spans each generation by teaching children’s church, helping with the youth group, and teaching adults in Bible study. She also volunteers at the York Literacy council, writes some daily curriculum for church camp (this year for elementary, middle and high school students in Colorado), and helps out at a special needs camp.
Her teaching is based on active discussion, reflection, and questioning. An advocate of lifelong learning, she thinks the best part is seeing the wonders God reveals daily!
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!”