The Mentorship Circle is a safe, but challenging environment for women to grow in their faith as they consider what it means to follow Jesus, discover his best life, and live out his calling to change the world.
MENTORSHIP CIRCLE FAQs
If the Mentorship Circle is a “discipleship group,” what is a discipleship group?
When Jesus called his disciples to follow him, he said “follow me and I will TEACH YOU HOW TO BE FISHERS OF MEN.” Yes, Jesus primary purpose was for his people to follow him. But he appealed to their God-given purpose to lead others to God as well.
Can you follow Jesus wholeheartedly without also making disciples, as Jesus directed in Matthew 28? Can you have one part without the other?
Many Christians are put through classes and listen to sermons and sometimes join Bible studies to help them grow. But all too rarely are they taught to follow and know Jesus in a way where they are being guided on how to do that in the real world and replicate themselves in others.
But throughout history God has established a way for his message to be spread exponentially and the spiritual maturing of growth to happen within people–through the replication process of discipleship.
A discipleship group focuses on these two questions:
- What does it mean to follow Jesus and know God?
- How do we create disciples of Jesus and help God be known?
What do I mean by “mentorship?”
I will be helping you explore these questions, replicating what I have learned from the various people and groups that have mentored and discipled me. To me, mentoring means I am intentionally going out of my way to invest in you the same way I was invested in while you are intentionally going out of your way to learn from me. I am not your better–I’m still learning to follow Jesus too! I learning from each of you as well, humbling myself with you and growing through this experience, too.
My goal is to help you encounter Jesus on a deeper level by equipping you to feel confident discipling others. The ideal would be for you guys to leave this group and be able to replicate it, either as an “official” discipleship group, or in your friendships, parenting and current ministries.
How deep will we go with each other?
I personally believe discipleship can’t happen until you live life together, getting deep, real, and vulnerable.
Ideally we would live with each other for years, like Jesus and his disciples did.
Although that probably won’t happen, we can still live life with each other in other ways. Sometimes this can be fostered just by having other safe Christians in our lives who we are intentionally connecting with on a spiritual level regularly. And partially because we will get real with each other and be accountable to each other.
We will learn each other’s stories, each others weaknesses, and practice leading with each other. It can be scary and vulnerable for some of us more than others.
However, our goal is to still live life together in a community.
What is the cost?
This is one question we will talk about a lot–the cost of following Jesus. Jesus required all of his disciples!
There is no financial cost to being part of this group, nor will I require all your time. However, this is still a commitment.
I realize people and kids get sick and we all go away sometimes on trips. I will have to cancel sometimes too. BUT the key is that we are trying to commit to this group through this school year as much as we can. Have it on your calendar before anything else.
There is no traditional homework, but I will often assign you things to consider, pray about, work through, or learn in-between our meetings. There isn’t much homework, but there is the expectation you will act on how God is challenging you to step forward in your growth.
The reason I am asking for this level of commitment is because it really isn’t worth either of our time if we aren’t serious. I’ve tried bits and pieces of this with committed groups vs. non-committed groups, and the difference is striking.
I think there is a time and place for small groups which people can move in and out of easily, and drop-in here and there. This isn’t one of those groups.
If you have concerns, just talk with me about them. But do consider that you are committing at least two hours (and maybe some time on your own) a week before you join.
How it is different than a Bible study?
A discipleship group definitely uses the Bible, don’t get me wrong! But the format is a lot more flexible than a traditional Bible study. First, because we aren’t using a book (like a six week Beth Moore study) and we aren’t just doing a deep analysis of one section of scripture (like CBS or BSF). Those are great! This is just formatted differently.
Instead, we are guided by:
- Concepts/tools we are focusing on
- Struggles people are having in their faith
- How the Spirit of God leads us
- How we can help each other grow
What will we be studying?
Here are some of the topics we will likely cover–although the order and priorities of this is largely dependent on the people in the group and our greatest needs:
- Responding to God: Repent & believe
- Why/what/who/where/when of discipleship
- Discipleship learning shapes
- God’s character–Good and big enough
- Healing and restoration from our past
- Practicing different methods of experiencing God through studying the Bible
- Resting and learning boundaries
- Abiding and communion with Jesus
- God’s Kingdom on earth (as it is in heaven)
- People of peace
- Spheres of society
- Counting the cost of following Jesus
- The world Christian movement
- Different ways to relate to God
- Living Mercy & Justice in society
- Hearing God
- Growing and “parenting” in spiritual maturity
- Worldviews and religions
- Sharing and living out our faith
- Personal calling
- Overcoming cultural hurdles
- Understanding church cultures
- Leadership development
What curriculum will I use?
I have been blessed to have learned from many different discipleship curriculums, organizations, and books, so I will be using a mish-mash of a whole bunch of stuff depending on your needs. I am always learning more myself, so I am excited to see what you guys bring to the table and mention as key parts of your spiritual growth!
Here are just some of the things I will probably refer to or take from in case you want to someday explore more of what they talk about on your own:
- 3DM Huddle (Three-Dimensional Movements discipleship group)
- YWAM DTS (Youth With A Mission Discipleship Training School)
- With: Reimagining the Way You Relate to God and Futureville (by Skye Jethani)
- More (by Todd Wilson)
- Living From the Heart Jesus Gave You and RARE Leadership (from the Life Model)
- Mentor Like Jesus (Regi Campbell)
- The Old Testament Template and a Biblical Worldview
- Experiencing God
- Perspectives on the World Christian Movement
When does the Mentorship Circle Start?
Currently we are in the last phase of the 2016/2017 Mentorship Circle. If you are interested in joining one of the Spring 2018 Mentorship Circle, please use the contact form below for an application.
The Mentorship Circle is a gift to a select group of women. There is limited space so the application helps Elisa determine who is a good fit.
Who is a good fit for the Mentorship Circle?
You are a good fit if you are . . .
- Someone who has chosen to follow Jesus
- Local to San Diego
- A woman
- Committed to this Mentorship Circle for the year
- Able to meet weekly for at least two hours
- Able to invest time processing what you’ve learned
- Want practical tips and tools to connect with God and others
- Have a willingness to learn
- Have a desire to be transformed and empowered
- Receptive to feedback and challenge
- A leader or have a willingness to learn how to replicate what you learn
- Want to grow your faith in every dimension
What about kids?
- Childcare will be evaluated depending on the date/time we meet and your needs. We might just bring our kids and not mind the interruptions. However, if childcare is needed for yourself, expect that you might have to incur this cost.
Why should you choose me to mentor you?
- I grew up steeped in Christian subculture, and was trained and mentored through childhood on following Jesus
- I was mentored through middle school and high school as a leader, undergoing leadership training
- I’ve been mentored by pastors and leaders and gone through many classes and small groups
- I have been consistently leading small groups for over eighteen years (excepting for a couple breaks to rest)
- I’ve been a church intern and on church staff, my focus on connecting people, women’s ministry, small group development, and outreach
- I’ve started and led multiple church and multi-church ministries and organizations
- I’ve mentored/discipled various women who lived with me over a span of five years
- I did two schools with University of the Nations (Youth With a Mission’s Bible school) and was a missionary with YWAM
- I am committed to always learning more, and currently have people investing in my growth
- I love Jesus
“The Mentorship Circle is a year-long discipleship group for women who want to wholly follow Jesus and live intentionally. It is a safe, but challenging environment to grow in faith as we consider what it means to follow Jesus, discover his best life, and live out His calling to change the world.”
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