Benefits of Christian Mentoring Groups
This month, we’ve touched upon the many benefits of Christian mentoring. Today, let’s shift our focus to the advantages of Christian mentoring groups, one of my favorite mentoring methods. I find the community of these groups encouraging as well as reassuring. It’s comforting to know that we are not alone in our journey.
The intimacy found in mentoring groups connects women on a deeper level through open connection and conversation. The sense of belonging created by the sisterhood of mentor groups creates a support network for women through lasting bonds.
Meeting with like-minded women to study God’s Word and spend time in prayer is essential to our spiritual growth. Scripture speaks to the benefit of gathering together in Matthew 18:20 The Passion Translation, “For wherever two or three come together in honor of my name, I am right there with them!”
The Christian Model of Mentoring
Mentor groups modeled after the biblical way of the early Church offer young believers an opportunity to share their stories and their challenges with women who have also faced similar trials and tribulations in their journey. The support, accountability, and inspiration found in these groups are unmatched. God-centered mentor groups offer biblical guidance for prayer, Bible study, relationships, parenting, and many other subjects not always addressed in a larger study group or program.
Jesus mentored the twelve disciples. He led this group of believers and in turn, they went out into the world to teach others. This is the mentoring model I continue to use for my mentorship programs in my desire to inspire women to walk alongside other women in their journey.
John 15:16-17 tells us the significance of sharing God’s Word with others, God chose us, and we are to go out and bear fruit. Not just any fruit but great, never changing, never altering fruit.
“You did not choose Me. I chose you, and I orchestrated all of this so that you would be sent out and bear great and perpetual fruit. As you do this, anything you ask the Father in My name will be done. This is My command to you: love one another.” John 15:16-17 (VOICE)My friend, these words are so remarkable. I pray that you will align your thoughts with His and let's love one another. Click To Tweet
What are Christian Mentoring Groups?
Christian mentoring groups are small in size typically ranging from 3 to 7 women. These groups, which meet weekly, monthly, or online depending on the platform, are guided by a lead mentor or group facilitator. Some women choose to gather around a meal where they “break bread” together as they spend time in the company of God’s Word and one another. This is a popular preference for many mentor groups.
Most importantly, the groups are connected through unconditional love and acceptance for one another. They are marked by grace as they are led by the Holy Spirit. Mentoring groups offer a safe space for connection. The foundation of the group is based on God’s Word.
“Every believer was faithfully devoted to following the teachings of the apostles. Their hearts were mutually linked to one another, sharing communion and coming together regularly for prayer. A deep sense of holy awe swept over everyone, and the apostles performed many miraculous signs and wonders. All the believers were in fellowship as one body, and they shared with one another whatever they had.” Acts 2:42-44 (TPT)
Let’s take a look at 5 benefits available to women in Christian mentoring groups.
5 Benefits of Christian Led Mentor Groups
1. Acceptance. Acceptance begins with believing in who we are and whose we are. You are God’s chosen one, His beloved daughter. Group members encourage and motivate one another to accept and love each other as Christ loves.
“Discover creative ways to encourage others and to motivate them toward acts of compassion, doing beautiful works as expressions of love. This is not the time to pull away and neglect meeting together, as some have formed the habit of doing, because we need each other! In fact, we should come together even more frequently, eager to encourage and urge each other onward as we anticipate that day dawning.” Hebrews 10:24-25 (TPT)
2. Strengthened Prayer Life. Group members pray together as they offer their prayer requests to God. They spend time praying over one another and for one another in unity. Group prayer is powerful and effective.
“Again, I give you an eternal truth: If two of you agree to ask God for something in a symphony of prayer, my heavenly Father will do it for you. For wherever two or three come together in honor of my name, I am right there with them!” Matthew 18:19-20 (TPT)
3. Restoration. The women support one another as they seek to overcome life’s challenges. They minister using the fruit of the Spirit as their guide exhibiting love, patience, kindness, gentleness, and faithfulness. Traits that are evidence of the Holy Spirit’s guidance.
“My beloved friends, if you see a believer who is overtaken with a fault, may the one who overflows with the Spirit seek to restore him. Win him over with gentle words, which will open his heart to you and will keep you from exalting yourself over him. Love empowers us to fulfill the law of the Anointed One as we carry each other’s troubles.” Galatians 6:1-2 (TPT)
4. Spiritual Growth. Spiritual growth enables women to also serve as mentors and teachers of God’s Word as they mature in their faith walk. As the members grow spiritually through the teachings of the facilitators, they, in turn, are prepared to share their learning experiences with others.
“And all that you’ve learned from me, confirmed by the integrity of my life, pass on to faithful leaders who are competent to teach the congregations the same revelation.” 2 Timothy 2:2 (TPT)
5. Cultivate Confidence. Mentoring groups cultivate confidence in women. Confidence and assurance in their belief in Christ and their identity in Christ. The women are inspired to reflect the light of God and to be the salt and light for other women. The goal is to support other women in their faith walk and encourage them to let their light shine for the Lord.
“Because of this, encourage the hearts of your fellow believers and support one another, just as you have already been doing.” 1 Thessalonians 5:11 (TPT)
Ultimately, Christian mentoring groups fulfill the Great Commission. They are a disciple-making, kingdom-building resource.
The women of mentor groups challenge one another to be confident in who they are and whose they are. They are accepted, challenged, and supported in their walk with Christ. They are loved unconditionally as Christ loves. The women grow spiritually and, in turn, share their knowledge and experience with others. As commanded in Matthew 28:19 (TPT), “Now go in my authority and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit.”
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