The teaching young adults receive in SEND is supported by a mentoring process for them to learn and process from the experience of others. SEND goes beyond teaching leadership and discipleship skills. It allows for each individual young adult to grow in the areas of leadership and ministry calling by placing them in specific opportunities for them to experience and develop their gifts, skills, and calling in ministry.
Local churches who call a SEND graduate to serve on their staff teams will discover very quickly how well these young adults respond to discipleship and leadership development through mentoring. This is a unique core value held by the leaders of SEND North America to instill in young adults the value of being mentored. Many schools and colleges today miss this opportunity and young adults enter the workforce on their own without having a key mentor or mentoring relationship in their life.
Young adults can benefit from the one-to-one mentoring available in SEND. Churches benefit from calling young leaders who value mentoring in their life and ministry development. This is a win for the young adult, and win for the local church, and a win for the Kingdom.
Is your church actively mentoring young adults and young adult leaders? If so, I would love to hear how your church is doing this. If you would like to know how to get a young adult on your staff team within ten months who is open and willing to be mentored to grow into a staff position let me know that too!
By Tracee Swank, Leader of Church Doctor Ministries
This article was part of the March 2014 SEND North America Newsletter.
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