Christian Leaders Mentoring Summit
CAYM convened a Christian Leaders Mentoring Summit in Washington, D.C. to talk about these issues. More than 25 leaders including major church denominations, national non-profits, and mentoring organizations gathered.
Our goal—to create a national strategy and plan for restoring mentoring into the DNA of the Church. An exciting and challenging vision and mission emerged from our conversations and work. We agreed that a major initiative is needed now to change the way our churches reach kids both inside and outside the church.
Task Force Formed
A key group of these influential Summit leaders formed a task force. Their charge - to implement the Summit’s mission through Five Bold Steps that will restore mentoring as part of the DNA of the church.
Five Bold Steps:
1. Develop a compelling message
2. Develop a team of champions and partners
3. Enlist Christian universities and seminaries
4. Create a knowledge hub
5. Develop adequate and sustainable funding
Game Plan Created
The task force has created a winning game plan to mobilize the faith community to mentor. The plan identifies the resources, strategies, and tactics that are necessary for success. It also lists the challenges in launching this new initiative.
Next month, I’ll talk more about the game plan and some of the challenges. Additionally, I am going to share some very exciting recent developments that are a result of the Summit. These developments will advance Christian youth mentoring across our country. The lives of thousands of kids will be impacted.