There are many ways to get involved with the youth at Hope, and anyone can be great at it. You don’t have to be crazy, cool, or young, but you do have to be willing to be vulnerable by opening up your own heart and life! Below is a list of specific ways to plug in:
Large Group Leaders
Large Group leaders assist in leading worship, facilitating games, serving meals, and participating in the life of the large group meetings. This involves a commitment of two Sundays each month.
Small Group Leaders
We need small group leaders for guys and girls of all ages. Small Groups typically meet twice each month.
Mentoring is simply a way for us to connect youth with another adult in the church for one-on-one discipleship and prayer. We believe a practical way for youth to be assimilated into the life of the church, as well as grow in their knowledge and love of Jesus, is to have another adult come alongside them.
This is what mentoring at Hope looks like:
- Prayer: Commit to pray often for your mentee.
- Trust Building: Establish trust by leading them out of your own weakness and need for Jesus.
- Relationship Building: Participate in something they love; share an experience; or invite them into your own life.
- Speaking the Truth in Love: The point of this relationship is to graciously point our students to Jesus.
- Time Commitment: Make a goal to have at least one significant contact each month, plus any additional encouraging emails, texts, and phone calls.
- Training: Mentors will be regularly encouraged and equipped by Ethan Smith, the Pastor for Students and Families.
For many of you, these relationships will become so important to you that you may find yourself practically adopting these students into your family. This is okay!