Mentoring the Safe Way

Marlene Bogard   By Marlene Bogard, Dove's Nest Speaker's Bureau Member and Executive Director of Mennonite Women USA

Congregational mentoring programs are designed to nurture a spiritual friendship—one  youth to one adult. How does the mentoring relationship fit with some of the procedures that Dove’s Nest suggests?

The “rule” that two adults be present at every event where there is youth or children's ministry may frustrate mentors as they plan times with their mentee.

Dove's Nest's mission is to empower and equip faith communities to keep children and youth safe in their homes, churches, and communities. "Let the children come to me. Don't stop them! For the Kingdom of God belongs to those who are like these children"  (Luke 18:16 NLT).