Women Forbes??? Imagine my surprise when I found an interesting article in it related to youth ministry.
This morning an article came across my news feed about how men could mentor women better. I began to think about the many mentors in ministry that I have had over the years, several of them have been men. And while they were never an official mentor relationships, they still deeply impacted me and how I do ministry now.
The truth is there are girls watching you and learning from you. Can you mentor them?
What does Women Forbes says:
Because women miss out on the bonding that takes place in the gray space where the professional and the private overlap and men work and play together, women get left out of the success loop.
I thought this was an interesting statement. One can see it in youth ministry. It makes sense for male youth pastors to spend their time with guys in the youth ministry but the mentorship and the guidance that happens in those times can be valuable…and we can find that girls miss those moments. So, how do we help the girls grow in leadership, especially leadership within the church.
1. Hire a female on your team- one who can care for the girls in your ministry. Even if the hire is an intern that doesn’t get paid but still plays a leadership role in your youth ministry. If women can be in these roles than young girls have someone to look up to and seek our for mentorship.
2. Provide a set Student Leadership program that is open to guys and girls. Make sure this program includes time for play and training…both are valuable to mentoring.
3. Train up your female volunteers to provide mentorship.
What do you think? Can men mentor girls?