Shepherd One-2-One Mentoring
From the beginning of Scriptures we see a call for God’s people to be parents to the parentless. This directly links to how God is described throughout scripture: “He defends the cause of the fatherless.” (Deuteronomy 10:18)

The reality for Shepherd’s neighborhood youth is that 2 out of 3 grow up with either an inconsistent father or no father figure at all. Consequently, mothers have to work even harder to raise them and maintain the household – a physically and emotionally draining lifestyle. As a result, the call to the Church of Indianapolis has never been more relevant: “Religion that God our Father accepts as pure and faultless is this: to look after the orphans and widows in their distress.” (James 1:27)

It has been stated that children of the next generation are becoming less and less interested in a personal relationship with Christ and are therefore abandoning the Church for good. Because of this daunting reality, it is estimated that each child should have eight positive role models, within their lifetime, who will instill in them a love for Christ and a desire to follow His will. Mentoring a Shepherd youth provides a tangible opportunity to respond to this need and pour out the love of Christ to them.

One-2-One Mentoring Vision
Shepherd One-2-One Mentoring Program seeks to build a community in which children experience multiple, nurturing relationships with loving adults, which in turn, inspires them to develop into their God-given potential through a relationship with Jesus.

What does it mean to be a mentor?
Shepherd One-2-One Mentoring believes that the best strategy to develop lasting mentoring relationships is weekly meetings for 1-2 hours for a minimum of one year. This meeting will be time spent one-on-one between the mentor and the mentee outside of any other programs or services in which the youth may be involved.

The main purpose of the Shepherd One-2-One Mentoring meetings is for the mentor and mentee to grow in relationship with one another. Mentoring sessions are meant to be enjoyable times and can include activities like: going to the Zoo, throwing a baseball, enjoying a hot chocolate together, visiting a museum, or finding a long-term art project to complete, setting goals, working on homework and even doing a short devotional together. Through these times together, trust is built, and youth become more willing to open up about their lives through personal conversation.

Church-Based Mentoring Initiative
Shepherd One-2-One Mentoring desires to serve greater Indianapolis churches to be equipped to mentor and disciple the youth in their church body as well as the youth involved at Shepherd Community. We are striving to develop lay-led church teams who will oversee the process of developing and maintaining a safe and effective mentoring ministry. We are partnering with the Christian Association of Youth Mentoring (CAYM) who has developed church-based mentoring teams across the country. For more information, visit their website.

Want to be a mentor?
Is God calling you or your church to invest in youth mentoring? If so, consider joining us to help fulfill Shepherd’s mission to help break the cycle of poverty through mentoring relationships.

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For more information on our One-2-One Mentoring Program and the Church Based Mentoring Initiative, please contact Jessica Gardner.