Regular Baptist Press
“Few would disagree with the benefits of mentoring. An older adult shepherding a teen or young adult through the maze of a business career, education, or difficult circumstances usually is a win-win situation. Mel Walker has written a short, pithy book extolling the benefits of Mentoring the Next Generation. Walker goes a step further, however, and gives practical steps to organizing a mentoring ministry in your local church, including the endless search for volunteers and biblical basis for such an endeavor.
“Walker defines mentoring as ‘a caring adult who takes the initiative to develop a personal, growing relationship with an individual student to encourage spiritual and personal maturity.’ He points to Barnabas standing beside the newly converted Paul, and Paul’s guiding of John Mark as biblical examples of mentoring. Walker is currently the youth editor for Regular Baptist Press but he has had experience in the trenches of ministry, having been a youth pastor for several years and teaching youth ministry courses at Faith Baptist Bible College in Ankeny, Iowa. He is the cofounder and president of Vision for Youth, a national organization for youth workers.
“’Godly and caring adults can indeed have a significant and encouraging ministry in the lives of today’s students,’ Walker says. He gives concrete examples of mentoring activities that adults can do if they have 10 hours, 4 hours, 2 hours, 30 minutes, 15 minutes, or even no extra time to invest in a given week. Walker adds a caution for mentors to choose protégés of the same sex, for youth workers to obtain trusted legal advice and for all mentors to implement key safeguards against abuse.
“Mentoring the Next Generation is a practical quick-read for youth workers whether they are in full-time ministry or simply older Christians concerned about the future of today’s youth.” -- Judy Waggoner, Christian Book Previews.com
If you work with teens, here is a simple, practical tool to help you mentor them. Learn Biblical examples of mentoring, discover the basics of mentoring, and find out how to recruit other mentors.