Minister as Mentor: A Biblical Model for the Preparation of a Mentoring Ministry at First Baptist Church in Reidsville, North Carolina

Thomas Leroy Barksdale II, Gardner-Webb University


A preparation model was developed to equip mentors to effectively engage, encourage, and guide community youth. Members of the Christian faith have a responsibility to reach out and impact positively the next generations of leaders. Potential mentors were led through developmental sessions to prepare for the mentor relationships. Surveys, journal entries, pre-posttests, and questionnaires measured the effectiveness of the developmental weekly sessions and engagement.