Mentoring

MENTORING GROUPS-VALLEY WOMEN’S MINISTRY

What is the hope of mentoring? 

The hope is that these groups of women will enter into a relationship with one another, encouraging each other to love an glorify God more fully. Mentoring is essentially "to prepare God's people for works of service" Ephesians 4:11-13 Susan Hunt describes mentoring in the following way: "When a woman possessing faith and spiritual maturity enters into a nurturing relationship with a younger woman in order to encourage and equip her to live for God's glory...giving birth biologically or being of a certain chronological age are not prerequisites for spiritual mothering." 

What will these groups look like? 

Each of these groups will consist of one mentor and 3-4 other ladies meeting once a month from September to May. They will be topical.  We will offer study options for evening and day times.  Some of the ladies are able to be flexible and will decide on exact meeting time once the group is established. See other side for a description of the different topics, as well as information about meeting day, time and place.

How do I register for a group? 

Read opposite side to look at the different groups offered.  We are purposefully not including the names of the ladies who are leading each group.  We want your desire for a mentor to be centered on an area of spiritual growth, not the particular mentor.  Choose two groups and rank them according to your preference. If the group is flexible on meeting day/time please state your preference. 

Please send your preferences in order to Kathy Guest kguest@valleymadison.com

If we do not have enough slots for all the women who would like to be in mentoring relationships this fall, we hope to continue to add new groups and will inform you when they begin. Please sign up by August 27th. 

What am I committing to? 

By signing up for one of these groups, you are committing to coming each month.  Please consider carefully if you have the time in the upcoming year to commit to a mentoring relationship.  Also, please consider this with a communal mindset.  If you sign up for a group that you cannot truly commit to, you may take someone else's spot who would have benefited from mentoring.  Each of these mentors is committing their time to you and it is important that you consider carefully your own availability.  Obviously, unforeseen emergencies arise, but in general, if you join a group, you are committing to it for the year.

Why should I join a group?

We all need to grow in our walk with the Lord.  If you long to walk with an "older" woman in the faith and experience the benefits of having someone pray for you, encourage you and dig into the word with you, then this is your opportunity!  I highly recommend that you consider taking the time to be mentored.  If you have never been in a formal mentoring relationship, this may serve as a model for you so that you will be able to mentor others.  We hope that as more and more women are mentored, they will be faithful to pass on what they have learned to others.  Essentially, we hope you will grow yourself, as well as be built up to pass on what you have learned to others.

When do I find out what group I am in?

You will be contacted the week of August 27th by your mentor with the initial starting date. If you do not hear from her by Labor Day please contact Kathy Guest. 

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FALL 2018

Anxiety     Monday, Wednesday or Friday mornings anytime between 9:30 to 12:30.  No particular week of the month.  

Women often feel like they have to have it all together in order to live a meaningful life. This leaves them feeling anxious, stressed, and inadequate.  Our group will focus on cultivating gratefulness and prayerfulness in the midst of anxiety and worry.  As we take our eyes off of ourselves and place them on God and the blessings he’s bestowed upon us, we will stop focusing on “our plans” or “our to-do list”, and instead begin to cultivate what truly matters in God’s kingdom. We will be reading Cultivate: A Grace Filled Guide to Growing an Intentional Life by Lara Casey over both semesters. We will also use her Write the Word Journal: Cultivate Gratitude.

Life's Transitions     Day/Time-TBD...  Tuesdays OR Thursdays, Morning or Evening, meeting at Valley Pres.

Moving to a new city, becoming a parent or grandparent, making a career change, losing a loved one, needing to change daily living plans for a child or a parent, Christmas holidays plans...The "experts" say that major life transitions can be harder than expected, even the joyful ones, because they tend to shake up our sense of identity or rearrange our current settled lifestyle.  In this series we will be reading and discussing online articles about specific transition topics, or listening to podcasts, from Focus on the Family and the like.  We want to prayerfully learn what God's wisdom is to guide us in His way through life's transitions.

Marriage: Friday mornings; Second week of the month

 Many women desire a more fulfilling marriage, but often the challenges and pressures in life get in the way.  The book we will be reading, The Power Of A Praying Wife, teaches how to pray several key areas for your husband.  This ultimately results in a closer relationship with God, and a stronger marriage.

 

Parenting with a focus on parenting children with special needs: Day/Time: TBD (Morning or Evening depending on group make up)

Parenting can be difficult under the best circumstances but add a health issue or learning disability to the mix and it can become exponentially more complicated. Parenting a child with special needs may make you feel frustrated, isolated and even grief stricken. With God’s help, we can not only learn how to cope in difficult situations but we can thrive, grow and even experience joy and thankfulness! Our group will spend the year discussing parenting skills using the book “The Christian Parenting Handbook” by Dr. Scott Turansky and Joanne Miller, RN, BSN. (only .99 on Kindle) Depending on who joins the group and what their interests are, we may add or switch to other resources that address parenting children with learning disabilities or health issues.

Parenting: Monday Evenings/Panera-Bridge Street

What is you calling as a parent?  As a parent, do you feel the pressure to do everything 

right ? Our mentoring group will look at the big picture of parenting as we read the book, Parenting written by Paul David Tripp. In this book, Tripp shows parents the need of the rescuing grace of God. Grace that has the power to shape how we view everything we do as parents! As we dig into this book, we will also discuss practical ways to help us in parenting as we work on changing hearts in both our children and ourselves.

Parenting     First Wednesday of the month, 9:30 a.m. at Grounded Coffee  (day and morning time are possibly flexible) 

For today's parent, there is no lack of material on childrearing methods, discipline strategies and parenting techniques.  It's easy to feel overwhelmed by the responsibility of parenting and we often get information overload from the world around us. Yet Scripture is clear that in parenting (and all of life) it's the condition of our hearts that is of primary importance.  Our mentoring group will use Shepherding a Child's Heart by Tedd Tripp as a primary resource for gospel-centered parenting through the ages and stages of childrearing.