Women’s Ministry Conference
Dawn Schulz captured a beautiful image of what a mentor is in her article, “Thanks for the guidance” featured in ‘Forward in Christ.’ Don’t underestimate the power of your kind words and encouragement to others!
The message of Christ Jesus as Savior will compel you to share His love with others! That will look different in each person’s life – and each of us will have different opportunities. Love the people God puts in your life and share His love with them. Dawn’s great article will help you grasp the importance and power of our Christian influence in the lives of others!
Mentoring is an important part of Dawn’s life as she serves Christ in a variety of callings. She continues to serve on the Women’s Ministry Executive Team and as the Conference Planning Team Chair so she can encourage others to grow in their faith and influence the world around them with the grace of Jesus.
Naomi Schmidt spoke on Scripture’s Women of Influence. Starting with the core message of law and gospel, she reminded us that we are all sinful women who have been forgiven by Christ; none of us are worthy to serve Him on our own. But grace brings us peace with God and motivates us to serve Him in our callings in life.
There are many women we can learn from in the Word of God. A few of these women are listed below along with some questions that might help us understand more about how the Lord used them in their various situations. Use this simple outline as a personal or small group study to grow in your faith!
Our definition of the work of a Christian mentor is intentionally general because no two mentoring relationships look exactly alike. Below are a few things mentoring relationships have in common.
Mentoring may be time spent with:
- A less mature Christian, explaining and demonstrating how to apply God’s Word to situations in life.
- A Christian where you mutually encourage one another in the faith.
- An unbeliever to show them Christ’s love and gently share your faith.
- Sharing God’s Word, explaining and applying it.
- Showing Christ’s love to the mentee and praying for them.
- Intentionally opening up your life and sharing it with a mentee.
- Letting your light shine before believers and unbelievers.
Being a Christian mentor is a calling. Mentoring can be rewarding and mentoring can be heart-breaking. But one thing is certain – mentoring can be successful only because the Holy Spirit works through the Word of God.
Mentoring a Biblical Christian faith that now is counter to our culture. As Christians we can’t blend, we can’t hide in the crowd, and neither can the new and young believers that we mentor. “Be very careful, then, how you live–not as unwise but as wise, making the most of every opportunity, because the days are evil.” (Eph. 3:16) We need to mentor how to follow Christ in love and stand firm in the faith, even in the face of persecution.
If your church is anything like mine, people have been talking about the troubling signs of the expanding gulf between the culture and biblical Christianity.
Our pluralistic society believes that there are many paths to God, and it is reacting with increasing hostility to the exclusive message of Jesus Christ as Savior and Lord. With a loss of belief in absolute truth, morality becomes subjective and moral standards become hard to maintain. And though we are not of the world, we live in it and the sights and sounds of counter-Christian values bombard our senses and seek to impact how we think.
It is into this world, that we have been called to be Christian mentors. For our 2016 Women’s Ministry Conference we define mentor as:
“A Christian woman who lovingly shares her faith and life through relationships to build up fellow believers and show Christ to unbelievers.”
With the help of the Holy Spirit, mentors teach, model and demonstrate faith in Christ to young people and to new and growing believers. By God’s grace, mentors model Christ’s love to an unbelieving world.
Mentoring is nothing new. The early Christians mentored the new converts who came from a secular society and knew nothing of the God of the Bible, Christ’s life, death and resurrection for our salvation, or his return. Paul provides explicit instructions to believers in Corinth of how to live, telling them, “Follow my example, as I follow the example of Christ.”
Like the early Christians, we understand mentoring is essential if we are to live a biblical Christian faith in our society. Gone are the days when we could assume most of our neighbors, classmates, teachers, friends and work colleagues shared our Christian values. Many people today do not know the common Bible stories or the most basic tenets of the Christian faith, and some view biblical beliefs with hostility.
The only way to learn how to be a biblical Christian in a non-Christian world is to be taught God’s Word and shown how to live it by a Christian. That is the calling of Christian mentors and it is only possible with the help of the Holy Spirit. Jesus understood the difficulty of living biblical faith in an unbelieving culture. He encourages us forward with these words:
“In the same way, let your light shine before others, that they may see your good deeds and glorify your Father in Heaven.” Matthew 5:16
Reviewed by Professor-emeritus Joel Gerlach
What was this conference about?
As a Christian woman, you mentor when you lovingly share your faith and life through relationships, building up fellow believers and showing Christ to unbelievers. But sharing our faith through our lives has become challenging in a culture that is increasingly hostile to biblical Christianity. This conference will featured:
- Biblical presentations on Christian mentoring
- Practical application to everyday mentoring/ministry situations
- Focused discussions on relevant issues facing mentors today
- Proven methods for formal and informal mentoring
- Networking with women to share ideas and resources
- Sharing and brainstorming sessions for ministry teams
- Useful information on opportunities for service
- Personal coaching on ministry efforts
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