Our mentoring programme offers a chance to meet up with one of the team to chat through the joys of ministry and to grapple together with the current issues and challenges. Meetings can be as regular or as irregular as is required. Some people meet up monthly, others less often.
Thrive Mentoring is tailored to the individual leader so there is scope for goal setting, accountability, exploring vision and strategy, personal development and encouraging new ideas to emerge.
It is designed to inspire, encourage and motivate the youth leader. Depending on your area of ministry, we will allocate one of Thrive’s team who will meet with you, one-to-one, usually in a nice coffee shop!
Andy Castle works alongside those involved in youth ministry.
Fiona Stutton helps those involved in children’s ministry.
Youth & children’s leaders can be mentored, whether employed or voluntary, and the aim is to support and encourage them and to nurture their leadership development as a youth/children’s practitioner.
To find out more, contact the team via this contact form.
“Stepping into a leadership role within the church I worship at has presented challenges for me. Regular mentoring sessions with Andy have given me a safe space to unravel what’s going on. The mentoring sessions have helped me to flesh out our vision. To keep me focused on God purpose; whilst understanding I have to maintain a relationship to work and worship within the church family.”
Ann McCabe, youth & children’s co-ordinator, Holy Trinity Coventry
“Being mentored by Andy (Thrive) has had such a positive impact on me personally and on my role as Youth Minister. I have space each week to share what is on my heart for the young people and church and always leave with a plan of action or steps to take. I know Andy genuinely cares about young people and their growth spiritually and emotionally and about me in the role I am in. His wisdom and experience has helped me to create strategies and find ways forward in many situations.“
Kate Wallis, Youth Minister, St Paul’s Church, Leamington
“Having a mentor that isn’t connected directly to my church is one of the most helpful things in my ministry. I can have conversations about church ministry without having a bias answer given to me. It is great that I can tap into the experience of Andy and the wisdom he has while also having him as a soundboard for my outlandish ideas. It is an environment where I can vent, cry and laugh about all the things that ministry life throws at me. I always come away encouraged and challenged in my walk with Jesus.”
Jamie Moir, Youth & Children’s Worker, Saltisford Church
“Having a mentor from outside of the church for which I work has been really important for me. Fi has provided a sounding board for my ideas and dreams as well as providing perspective when things have been tough. It’s very easy to get into a place where you can’t see the wood for the trees but Fi has really helped me to take that step back and untangle the threads so that I can prioritise my work. I look forward to our regular time together and really value that hour or two of talking things through.”
Jo Roberts, Children’s Ministry Leader, Kenilworth Methodist Church