Mentoring – The courage to give the gift of yourself
EASY • ADAPTABLE • MISSIONAL • LIFE-CHANGING
We make starting a MOM Group as easy as spelling MOM
- Guest Speakers (if any)
- Life-skills (if able)
- Play Days (when possible)
- Resources, Locations, and Times
REMEMBER…your MOM Group is tailored to your needs, volunteer base, logistics, and schedule. So there’s NO PRESSURE to create a cookie cutter program!
Times, places, snacks, icebreakers, activities, childcare (And did I mention snacks?)
Consider your church and your community and how you can reach out to moms and invite them to join you for an hour or two (two hours is good if you include life skills), for a time to grow together.
Organize who will be over childcare and how that will be handled. Organize who will bring snacks if that is something you will be offering. (Lots of MOM Groups give each group the opportunity to take turns with snacks).
Using the book as a tool, this is a great way to begin developing relationships with moms. (Oh and don’t worry about what to use in your upcoming semesters! We have a lot of great resources that we recommend and you have the freedom to choose your next semester’s materials based upon your needs.)
Here’s a recap of what you will want to organize:
- Schedule (planning the days, timeframe, resources, MOM Mentors, etc…)
- Meeting times (when, where, how long, snacks, structure, etc…)
- Life Skills (who will teach what type of life skill if applicable)
- Childcare (always a big need when ministering to moms)
- Snacks (breaks the ice better than icebreakers)
- Clean Up (wish we could skip this one, but it’s a definitely need 😉 )
** Oh, and semesters are generally 8 to 13 weeks depending on your schedule and the resources you are using. When you kick off your first MOM Group you will be using The Making of a Mom which has 12 chapters. Many MOM Groups make their first semester 13 weeks which includes either an introduction day or an end of the semester get together. But you have the freedom to designate how long your semesters are.
Your MOM Group may be large and you may have 10 or more Mentor Moms who mentor 8-12 moms at a time.
Or your MOM Group may be a simple as one Mentor Mom meeting with one mom or a few moms at a local park or in their home, in a church or in a community center. You’ll quickly discover, the goal is the relationship, the tools are the books and the various life-skills you may be able to share with them, and the results are the relationships that are forged between a mom and a mentor, and more importantly, the relationship that is forged between a mom and the Lord.
Complete with a leaders guide in the back and questions at the end of each chapter to make conversation easy, The Making of a Mom is the all-in-one resource to get your MOM Group started and to help moms embrace intentional and biblical motherhood for modern day moms.
When your 1st semester is over, The MOM Initiative has a large variety of great resources to help you begin your next semester and don’t forget, you have the freedom to choose from other resources that you feel led to use as well.
We just want to give you the tools to begin nurturing those Titus 2 relationships and we can’t wait to hear how God shows up!
So be sure to contact us with your God stories!
If you need some ideas as to how and where you can become intentionally missional about mentoring, CLICK HERE for a COMMUNITY INVOLVEMENT WORKSHEET and CLICK HERE for a downloadable PDF that will help you get started.
Going global, embracing the evangelistic side of your momma heart, reaching moms for Christ is one of the things that makes The MOM Initiative unique and one of the things that will not only help your church grow, but help impact your community for Christ.
Check out a few places where you can make mentoring missional:
- Urban Communities
- Homeless Shelters
- Crisis Pregnancy Centers
- Moms at Local Schools
- Pediatric Doctor’s Offices
- OB/GYN Doctor’s Offices
- Juvenile Shelters
- Community Centers
- Feeding & Clothing Ministries
In a culture where people aren’t going to church, it’s time for the church to go to the people!
Missional mentoring is a beautiful and powerful way to fulfill the Great Commission!
What makes MOM Groups different?
MOM Groups are for moms of all ages because you never stop being a mom.
With MOM Groups there are no cookie-cutter programs because we know that not all programs work for all churches. The MOM Team works with you to create just the right MOM Group for your church’s specific needs, volunteer base and skill set.
We help you not only minister to moms who know Christ, but also reach those who don’t. MOM Groups are an in-reach and outreach ministry that helps your church grow by fulfilling the Great Commission through missional mentoring.
This is the easiest mentoring ministry and resource that I’ve ever been involved in! Thank you for all your help!Katie (Pastor's wife/Women's Ministry Leader)