The Heart of Mentoring
The Internet presents a fantastic opportunity for ministry. Working online gives us the ability to reach hundreds of millions of people at any time, anywhere in the world. TruthMedia has developed a unique online mentoring program that enables people to come alongside each other in areas of felt need and guide them in taking the next steps in their spiritual walk… online.
Through online mentoring, the hurting, the lonely, the confused, and the seeking are able to be matched up with someone who is able to mentor and disciple them. Mentoring through email, chat, discussion boards and blogs allows individuals the opportunity to interact with a mentor anywhere in the world as if they were sitting side-by-side. The anonymity of the internet opens the door to incredibly personal ministry–you will be amazed by the honesty and openness that is possible in online communities.
What is Online Mentoring?
Mentoring is a God-given opportunity for trained people to invest their lives and experiences in the lives of others. It was modeled by Christ who was confidante, leader and teacher as well as Lord. This type of ministry allows trained believers to minister to individuals at a spiritual depth unlike anything they have experienced before. Online mentoring is a way to share the love of Christ one-on-one through email. If you can send and receive an email you have the technical skills to participate in mentoring. Online mentoring also takes place in a safe and secure environment that addresses privacy laws and concerns.
Online mentoring occurs when a mentor and mentoree are connected in an area of felt need. Online mentors empathize and communicate with remote visitors. The mentor provides resources, shares hope and gives spiritual direction to the person they are ministering to. The whole interaction takes place through email, which provides endless possibilities for reaching people all over the world on any schedule.
1. People arrive on a site because of a felt need
2. The visitor emails their concern
3. The email is matched with a mentor
4. The mentor “comes alongside of” the visitor and encourages them by (a) praying for them and providing resources, and (b) sharing the next step in their spiritual journey
Who Benefits From Online Mentoring?
Online mentoring provides an awesome opportunity for followers of Jesus to come alongside those who want to discuss deep issues that really matter to them. It has the potential to significantly impact both believers and those seeking. Those looking for support will have someone come alongside them in an area of their felt need. This mentor will share resources with them and help them take the next steps in their spiritual journey. Believers will have the opportunity to be trained and involved in evangelism and discipleship in their areas of interest and according to their own schedules. Churches can also benefits from the online mentoring program. Whether it’s after a service ends, during the week or late at night, online mentoring makes ministry possible even when the church is closed.
Benefits of mentoring
1. High-impact ministry on “tap”
2. Opportunity to “win, build & send” in your area of interest (evangelism & discipleship)
3. Convenience: set your own pace and work from anywhere in the world
How Can I Get Involved?
A volunteer mentoring team is vital to the growth of a ministry. A volunteer online mentor can be trained and start ministering in just a week or two. The only skills you need to become an online mentor are a heart for God and the ability to send an email. The application and training process are thorough and easy to follow.
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