Tim and I enjoyed brunch with a group of mentors from the South this morning. We heard about each other’s involvement in mentoring, reflected together on the similarities and differences of mentoring practices and those of supervision, coaching, and spiritual direction, and shared resources we use in mentoring.
We have another mentor brunch is in Launceston on October 21. Email firstname.lastname@example.org for information. Stay connected with us via our Facebook group.
It’s been great to work with TSS in their mentoring and change management programs over the last couple of years.
Tim and I had the privilege of joining TSS pastors and leaders for their end of year gathering on November 29. Tim gave a short presentation and then responded to a range of questions from re-engaging volunteer leaders to staying emotionally safe in ministry.
The seventh and final of a series of workshops with members of the Transform Southern Sydney mentoring group occurred on zoom this morning. Tim commenced with a word study on ‘imitate’ (mimeomai) in the New Testament and we considered its implications for mentoring. We reflected on the interpersonal skill of self-disclosure in mentoring and the dynamic of transference. We spent time considering common sources of pressure from subconscious processes and supporting mentors through Sabbaticals. It has been a delight to spend time with the mentoring group in the workshops.
Great to be back up to Sydney yesterday to complete workshop 5 with the fourth cohort of students through our Mentor Equipping Course. Notes are in our shared dropbox and the day’s outline in the Moodle Folder. Workshop 5 focuses on carefrontation skills, reframing and helping mentorees gain insight into their mindsets. The extended version of the powerpoint on anxiety has also now been uploaded.
Tim and I returned to zoom for the sixth of a series of workshops with members of the Transform Southern Sydney mentoring group. We started with a Biblical reflection about Naomi and Ruth and then considered ways leaders deceive themselves and strategies to grow in self-awareness to combat this. To finish we spent time looking at burnout and the importance of Sabbath for emotional health.
Resources from the workshop have been added to the team Dropbox.
We had a fascinating discussion last night at the monthly ACMN zoom meeting. The topic this month was Encouragement in Mentoring. I have drawn together a few themes from the input shared last night and reflected on it below.
After four training sessions on Zoom last year, it was great to be face to face with members of the Transform Southern Sydney mentoring group today. The training is continuing into year two with an emphasis on mentoring leaders for their growth and development. The first year explored the skills and dynamics of mentoring.
Notes from the workshop have been added to our dropbox.