CM Announces the Starting Point Mentoring initiative
International Children’s Ministries is pleased to announce the creation of a new mentoring initiative targeting young adults—up to age 25—who sense a calling or desire to serve in ministries to children. Starting Point will begin accepting applications for its inaugural cohort in November, with the program starting in January 2022.
Twelve individuals will be selected to participate in the pilot program and assigned a mentor based on their background, calling, or skills. Mentors selected for the program are mature children’s ministers who are adequately trained and have demonstrated both effectiveness and fruitfulness in ministry. The mentoring relationship will last for the calendar year of 2022. Individuals will be asked to commit to two meetings monthly, a one-on-one meeting with their mentor and a virtual meeting of all mentoring groups. The one-on-one meeting will occur in a format selected by the mentor/mentee. The larger group meeting will occur via Zoom on the first Thursday evening of each month.
Each month mentoring groups will explore a different aspect of children‘s ministries, with diverse topics ranging from ministry skills, creative teaching methods, leadership development, and understanding children. During the large group virtual meetings, participants will hear inspirational talks and practical training from veteran children’s ministers and leading authors, trainers, and practitioners in children’s ministries.
“For the past year our staff and advisory team have dialogued and prayed about how best to identify, develop, and support the next generation of children’s ministry leaders in the Church of God of Prophecy,” said Dr. Shaun McKinley, international director of Children’s Ministries. He continued, “We believe the Starting Point initiative is a great first step in that direction and have designed the program in such way that nations, regions, and states may replicate it in their respective areas.”
Starting Point applications will be available online beginning the week of the 16th Institute of Children’s Ministry, November 4-7, 2021, which is being held in Asheville, North Carolina. In the coming year, plans are also underway to launch a similar, second mentoring program for children’s ministers ages 25 or older.