Mentoring is a basic foundation of life. One generation passes on knowledge, skills and values to their offspring and apprentices.
Unfortunately, this natural pattern of life has suffered in our fragmented society. We live in a highly mobile world with loose connections where people move from community to community leaving family and friends behind as jobs are lost or new opportunities sought. Marriages have followed the same pattern as our divorce rate remains way to high. On top of that four out of every ten kids are born to parents who are unwed. Consequently, the opportunity to grow up with natural mentors – two parents, extended family members and stable neighbors – has greatly diminished.
The results of this fragmentation are evident in child statistics which show that kids growing up without two parents are more vulnerable to a host of problems than those in two-parent homes. Drug problems, criminal activity and failure in school are much more prevalent in single parent homes. You probably know some kids who are at a precarious place in life. Will they make it? Do they have an adult who can help lead them through the tough times ahead? Unfortunately, the answer to this is often "No!"
Your church or ministry can change this answer for these youth. This answer is rather simple, but it takes great resolve.
Here is the simplicity: You probably know many adults who would be good role models for youth. There are many more faith Christians whom you don't know who can be recruited for this ministry. These adults may be young and full of energy or older and full of wisdom, but they may have what it takes to be a friend to a vulnerable youth.
The question is, "How do you bring them together?"
Here is the resolve: You may be the person whom God will use to start a mentoring ministry that will help bring Christians together with highly vulnerable youth. CAYM offers a range of services that can help you establish a safe, effective and sustainable mentoring ministry.
If you feel called to help establish this type of ministry, CAYM can help you through our training, materials and support. Our publication, First Steps: Starting a Mentoring Ministry can walk you through the process of starting a mentoring ministry in your church.
Feel free to contact us if you have any questions. Request a copy of First Steps.