Friday, March 05, 2010

The Heart of Mentoring

Last weekend, I had the privilege of being part of Tapestry Ministries with Chelten Baptist Church in Ambler, Pennsylvania. The event was held at the lovely Talamore Country Club which was "dressed up" for spring. The women's ministry team did a fantastic job of making the day retreat a memorable event by providing a hint of spring in every corner of the huge ballroom. I could almost smell the daffodils.

At the heart of the event was the theme of mentoring. I had the privilege of presenting two of my favorite topics: "The Seven Friends Every Woman Needs" and "Called Alongside: Sharing the Joys of a Mentoring Relationship." Afterwards, two of the women shared what mentoring meant for them! I'm always blessed when I can hear testimonies of how a mentoring relationship is fleshed out in the lives of women.

Women's Mentoring Ministries was founded on the principle of helping churches develop a mentoring program and build stronger leadership teams. How wonderful to see a church who has done that. Immediately, I could tell their ministry team works well together and their mentoring ministry is a success.
While my husband was in Ecuador finding us a place to live, I was soaking up the fellowship of women who had a heart for mentoring and who believed in the concept of women coming alongside one another to help them through the twists and turns in life.

I wish you all could have been there to soak up the joy, experience the excitement, and the fellowship we enjoyed. Click here to see some photos of the day taken by Leah (my camera was with my hubby in Cuenca, Ecuador).

The heart of mentoring is about women willing to share their lives (flaws and all!) so that they can learn and grow from one another. I'm thankful for the mentors in my life who were willing to be vulnerable and to share their life with me.

Living Life Passionately,


Carla Gade said...

That looks like a wonderful event. I love planning women's conferences. Your topic of mentoring is dear to my heart.

Susan Skitt said...

Enjoyed that day with you my friend. Many fond memories. BTW - did you get my email about what happened with my surgery... complications - I have blood clots in my lungs and pulmonary artery.

I'll talk with you soon, Lord willing. Let me know how everything is going with your family. I know you're busy with the wedding coming up.

This is the first time I've had a chance to visit my friends blogs in a while :)

I've been doing a lot of reading while recovering. I'll tell you more later :)


Susan Skitt said...

Connie, I enjoyed listening and learning from my mentor that day. Love you dear friend!