Fifth Ward Church of Christ Resource Center
The FWCOC Resource Center is a way for members to use their gifts and talents to serve God and mankind. All resources and activities listed on the site are provided FREE of charge to residents of the greater Houston area. If you are wondering how we can offer these services free, the answer lies at the heart of what we understand as God’s directive for our lives. "As each one has received a special gift, employ it in serving one another as good stewards of the manifold grace of God" (1 Peter 4:10). The FWCOC Ministry In-Brief is our way of providing a profile of Ministries at Work.
The FWCOC Ministry In-Brief: Men Mentoring Men (M&M) Ministry - "Mentoring: Listening, Eating, Playing Basketball, and Car Maintenance, Part I - Foundational Experiences"
Mentor. This term can be quite expansive, but what does it really mean? According to the Merriam-Webster Dictionary, a mentor is defined as “a trusted counselor or guide” or "tutor, coach." How do we mentor? Do we give advice without context? Do we answer only when we are asked for an opinion? Or, do we work to discover ways to provide involvement and experience to those being mentored, the mentees? These are great questions to start the debate on how best to mentor, but let’s focus on ways that address each of these questions.
Mentoring: Listening, Eating, Playing Basketball, and Car Maintenance, Part I - Foundational Experiences
Mentoring men in today’s world should be necessary and mandatory, not optional, to help the next generation of Christian men understand their role in society. The FWCOC youth minister, Rajamail Davis, has had first-hand experience of being mentored by men from FWCOC beginning in seventh grade. Raj can attest that he learned a great deal and was led by various experiences leading to the M&M ministry he now oversees, from making friends with other men to being taught by them in a Bible class and watching as they interacted with their wives during worship. Even the minister in action enhanced Raj’s capacity to be a man with core Christian values.
The M&M ministry provides a way to mentor and share experiences with young men and to aid them in advancing their spiritual views during their developmental years. M&M provides a resource that young fellows can tap into by attending events to learn about a specific topic and have an opportunity to have rich discussions with mentors.
Many kids are visual learners, and they tend to emulate what they admire. They like what they see when men are around other men; they see and understand those behaviors and processes. They can then be open to asking questions and discovering options about how to get to where they want to be. Youngsters must be shown how men behave, so they can at least be aware of it and choose how to act and understand what a man should and should not do.
How are things organized to mentor the youth during an event?
Planning is key to all M&M events. During one of our events, basketball paved the way for young men to listen to event specifics, eat (fuel up), and observe/practice car maintenance (fluids, tire changes). The ministry strives to instill Christian values in all events, so the youth will continue to grow, regardless of the venue. For example, during this event, we asked, "Who wants to bless the food?" There were several young men who raised their hand and volunteered to lead the group in prayer.
How are guest presenters invited to speak and present at an event?
Ministry leaders and volunteers work together as men to provide suggestions and topics for specific events that will allow them to be mentors based on their gifts and talents and to provide first-hand knowledge of a topic. In Part II, our guest presenter for this profiled event, Brother Anthony White, illustrates a Hands-On/Minds-On review of car maintenance with an emphasis on fluids and changing a tire. (To be continued in "Mentoring: Listening, Eating, Playing Basketball, and Car Maintenance, Part II – Hands-On/Minds-On Experiences")
Galatians 3:24, 24 "Therefore the Law has become our tutor to lead us to Christ, so that we may be justified by faith." (Source: Bible – New American Standard (NASB))
Ministry: Men Mentoring Men (M&M) Coordinator(s) and/or Volunteer(s): Rajamail Davis, Anthony White--Guest Presenter. Ministry In-Brief Administrator: Karl Spencer. Location: Fifth Ward Church of Christ Resource Center.
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The Goals and Vision of the center are to:
(1) Offer quality resources that contribute to the physical, mental, and spiritual well-being of local community residents and the Greater Houston Area;
(2) Provide an opportunity for every desiring member to use their particular gifts in service to God and mankind;
(3) Cultivate a community of believers who support and encourage one another, and who ultimately bring glory to God; and
(4) Create opportunities to share the goods news of Jesus Christ and his Kingdom.
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