Chris and Ginny Balchin
Chris and Ginny Balchin serve as the Mentoring Programme Co-ordinators at Christchurch Baptist Church.
'As a church, we have used the Mentoring Matters packs to train approximately 30 mentors, and have been able to subsequently link almost all of them up with one or more mentees.
'We found the training material and handouts extremely practical and useful. It was so helpful to have a 'lesson plan' each week, and there was always more material than we needed for each meeting. So we were able to pick and choose the sections that we felt were most applicable to use in our specific groups.
'The response from those being trained as mentors has been very positive. They all found the training helpful as an additional life skill as well as in relation to the specifics of mentoring within our church programme. The mentees have all remained with the process as well, unless they saw mentoring as a means to address a specific issue which has now been resolved.
'One thing that some mentors noticed was that their mentees did not really understand 'mentoring', and they were seeking friendship, advice, and guidance. However both mentors and mentees have stuck with the programme, and the mentees have benefitted from having a mentor. It has also been possible for us to identify and signpost some mentees to other ministries e.g. counselling and pastoral support.
'Mentoring is still a work in progress, but the CPAS Mentoring Matters pack has certainly benefitted those on the programme in our church.
'We would be more than happy to recommend Mentoring Matters to others who might be considering a mentoring programme in their church.'
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