Our philosophy and framework for mentoring shape the way we train mentors, plan Bible studies, execute events, and spend our time. In short, they are the backbone of what we do. The MDL model explains our philosophy of mentoring: we hope to place a Godly mentor in a child’s life who may teach their protégé what it means to be a disciple of Jesus Christ and, eventually, a Godly leader. The 5 S’s are our framework for mentoring and reflect our priorities. The 5 S’s are topics that guide our mentoring relationships.
OUR MINISTRY PHILOSOPHY
The M-D-L Model
We have a goal to see young people in South Dallas become godly leaders in whatever capacity they choose to be in someday. We know that doesn’t happen overnight and will take collaboration from protégé, parent/guardian, mentor, staff, and other quality adults. The Mentorship-Discipleship-Leadership (MDL) model shows that progression, as the hope would be to add a new layer to the preceding one.
A Long Term Commitment
Mentoring can be defined in many ways, but we see it simply as a journey of mutual transformation.What at first seems to be a one sided relationship is in reality a two way street where both the mentor and protégé teach and learn. This view keeps the mentor humble and cognizant of their need to be taught while God also uses them to teach. Our mentoring approach is holistic, not limited to any one part of life.
The Commission of Christ
If a protégé has professed faith in Christ, our hope is then for the mentor to begin a discipleship relationship. This again is a journey as the teacher unpacks to the disciple what it means to know and follow Christ.
Christian discipleship is a teacher-student relationship, based on the model of Christ and His disciples, in which the teacher reproduces the fullness of life he has in Christ in the student so well, that the student is able to train others to teach others.- p15, The Making of a Disciple
“…and what you have heard from me in the presence of many witnesses entrust to faithful men who will be able to teach others also.” – 2 Timothy 2:2
Mentoring and Discipleship to produce Leaders
One of our hopes at Champions of Hope is to see our protégés become the next generation of leaders. We want to see South Dallas change through young people who are passionate about God and take seriously the responsibility of sharing His good news and caring for their neighbor. We see leadership development as developing Godly character in young people, not necessarily just developing competency and skills.
The eventual fruit of discipleship is maturity in the Lord and godly character. This is what it means to be a leader. With godly character (Titus 1:7-9, 1 Timothy 3:1-5, Gal. 5:22-23), a person can lead their family, church, business, school, or job well.
That is our hope:
To see mature, godly young men and women unleashed into this world with the gospel who will go and make disciples themselves.
FUTURE LEADERS (FL)
Though we believe that all our protégés have the capacity to lead, we understand that some of the protégés will exhibit specific leadership qualities– faithfulness, availability, and teachability. We want to identify these protégés as Future Leaders. These protégés will be encouraged and challenged to grow in their faith through Bible study and will have the opportunity to go on trips and/or conferences with staff. As our ministry grows, we plan to develop a leadership track for those who we identify as FL students.
OUR FRAMEWORK FOR MENTORING
The 5 S’s
In order to focus our mentoring and discipleship efforts, we have come up with five key areas of conversation in a mentoring relationship (the 5 S’s). Our ultimate hope is that kids would be saved and that the Lord would give them a new heart. We hope that, as a result of the Lord’s grace, protégés will be developed holistically.
These topics– Salvation, Service, Sexual Purity, (Future) Story, and School– inform our strategy for events and our mentor training.