Mentorship in Beaverton
Beaverton (Ore.) Church members are constantly looking for mentorship opportunities for our young people. If a middle/high school age church member expresses a desire to serve the Lord in a particular capacity, chances are someone will develop a mentor partnership to make it happen. Hands-on training and encouragement has resulted in young people within our church taking full responsibility for their rotating scheduled task or activity.
For instance a junior high and high school praise team takes a weekly rotation for church services. Adult musicians have partnered with them to develop their musical talents into praise to God in a professional way. Young pianists play during the offering and other times during church.
Similarly teens have been trained to run the sound board, slide programs and live streams during church. Some of these teens now have the skills to take full responsibility during special programs. One high school student serves on the platform coordinator team to provide hospitality for guests speakers and musicians, as well as coordinate the sound booth with platform activities and personnel.
Teens who assisted with Vacation Bible School last year led some of the activities this year, with guidance from mentors. Older Pathfinders are regularly mentoring kids in Adventurers.
As Jesus becomes real to young people through various class and outreach opportunities, they naturally want to serve the Lord and express their relationship with Him in ways that speak to their personal interests and emerging spiritual gifts. Thanks to the care of patient adult mentors, it is becoming much more natural for youth to consider what roles they might want to be part of, both before and after their own baptism.