MENTORING & MINISTRY (M & M)
3 Likewise, teach the older women to be reverent in the way they live, not to be slanderers or addicted to much wine, but to teach what is good. 4 Then they can urge the younger women to love their husbands and children, 5 to be self-controlled and pure, to be busy at home, to be kind, and to be subject to their husbands, so that no one will malign the word of God. Titus 2:3-5 NIV
WHAT IS M & M?
For the spiritually mature woman to empower, encourage, and equip younger women through spiritual truths according to the principles in the Bible that Jesus taught. To see the next generation of women be transformed through a loving mentor relationship, become godly examples, and intentionally impact those around them.
The purpose of Inspire is to offer spiritual growth through biblical truths, unconditional acceptance, accountability, friendship, and encouragement.
Mainly because God commands it, specifically in Titus 2:3-5. Living our faith out before other women is so important in today’s world. Plus, God has gifted women to uniquely minister to each other.
ARE THERE GUIDELINES FOR BEING INVOLVED?
The guidelines really boil down to one word— “commitment.” We ask that you be a committed member and faithfully attend weekly services at The House. We ask for a four-month commitment (and that goes fast) to your merea. It is encouraged that mentors must have completed the Beautiful Warrior’s curriculum and the Women of Influence Bible study.
What is a Mentor? What is a Merea?
A mentor is a woman of purpose who pursues God regardless of circumstances and wants to impact another generation. She is a woman who has continually developed her faith. A mentor is a woman willing to listen, share truth, be authentic, and provide a positive perspective from life experiences.
A merea is a woman who is faithful, available, teachable, and desires accountability. “Merea” is a Hebrew term that means young friend. A merea is a woman who welcomes the insight and knowledge of another woman.
Naomi and Ruth
(Biblical Example of Mentoring)
The Book of Ruth recalls the familiar story of Naomi, a Judean woman who lost her husband and two sons while living in Moab, and her devoted daughter-in-law Ruth, a Moabite. Out of loyalty to her mother-in-law, Ruth decides to return to Bethlehem with Naomi, rather than remaining with her own family in Moab. As these two destitute widows return to Bethlehem, Naomi counsels Ruth on how to make her way and find acceptance in a new community.
1. Naomi’s mentoring of Ruth occurs in the context of a deeply felt personal relationship. Discuss how this affected Naomi’s advice to Ruth. How is friendship and affection a part of mentoring? When can it get in the way?
2. Consider the dynamic that existed between Naomi, Ruth, and the customs of the community. How are leadership and initiative shared between Ruth and Naomi? Consider how mentors should balance giving advice with encouraging initiative on the part of those being mentored.
3. Consider the “everydayness” of Ruth and Naomi’s plight. How does God work in the midst of the details of people’s lives to form leaders? In what ways were Naomi and Ruth leaders and servants of God?
4. How was God’s spirit present in this relationship? How do we create space for God’s presence in mentoring relationships?
Women’s Ministry Houston First Baptist Church
Women of Faith:
Debbie Stuart, Vicki Kraft
Discipleship (Fellowship) Ministry of Grove’s First Baptist Church
R. Jeanene Moore—15 August 2008—Training
Mentoring Moment: 10 Benefits to Mentoring
David Tanner—28 October 2011
New American Standard Bible
New International Version