By Janet Woodlock
A six-year-old boy called Nathan asks his father why his mum is crying.
“Because you boys have been naughty” the father responds, referring to the boy and his younger brother.
Nathan immediately feels terrible that his behaviour has caused his mother such distress. Somehow the message goes deep into his soul that he is responsible for the feelings of others. He must NEVER behave in a way that will upset others like that!
Continue reading “Toward Emotional Freedom”
By Monica O’Neil
When you sing you begin with Do Ray Mi. When you mentor, you can begin with these nine things.
One question I am asked often is “How do I begin mentoring?” Here are a few hints for you, so that you can begin well. Feel free to follow them or ignore them as you need. As you get going you can find further ideas on this website or through the ACMN Facebook page found at https://www.facebook.com/AusCMN/
Continue reading “When you sing you begin with Do Ray Mi”
By Rick Lewis
Why ask questions about emotions?
Emotions in themselves are not susceptible to moral evaluation; they simply are what they are, neither wrong nor right. Yet it’s important to track emotions in Christian mentoring. There are several reasons for this.
Continue reading “Asking Questions to Discern Emotional Health”
It has been great to catch up with folk at the Mentoring Seminars we have been running this week in Sydney and Adelaide. Rick and Sally were hosting the Sydney Event and Tim was in Adelaide. We all appreciated Keith Farmer’s reflections on emotional health and mentoring. Steve Smith complemented the input in Sydney and Tony Ling contributed in Adelaide, both from their own research. If you attended the seminar and are looking for some reproducible copies of the handouts for use in mentoring please follow the links below. Continue reading “Emotionally Healthy Mentoring Seminars 2018”
By Rick Lewis
I am firmly convinced that Christian mentoring necessarily involves helping a person consciously, deliberately and freely move from their present state of affairs to what, in God’s eyes, is a better state of affairs. That, in turn, necessarily involves the person having a clear idea of where they are, where God is calling them to be, and developing a desire to make the move forward.
But what about when a mentoree sets out on that journey to where they believe God is calling them to be and the process of change falls over? How can a mentor help to discern what is going on and why things are not progressing as first imagined? How can a mentor be a facilitator of positive change?
Continue reading “Facilitating Change”
Emotionally Healthy Mentoring
2018 Australian Christian Mentoring Network Training Seminars
Continue reading “Emotionally Healthy Mentoring – 2018 Training Days”
by Janet Woodlock
Ah, the internet! It is a glorious way to find information in seconds that used to involve hours scouring through journals in libraries. (I’ve just outed myself as an old person to all you digital natives out there!)
The internet is also a fabulous way to become completely confused over masses of conflicting information. Continue reading “Mentoring, Coaching, and Confusion”
Mentoring Christian Leaders for ‘who they are’ so they can ‘stop well to go well’
A video recording of the “Passing the Baton” mentoring seminar has been made available from the sessions held at the Compassion Australia offices in Newcastle on 28th & 29 June, 2018. Continue reading “‘Passing the Baton’ 2018 Mentoring Seminars with ACMN founder Dr Keith Farmer”
By Rick Lewis
Exercising Caution Around Goal-Setting
Both the process and the outcomes of setting goals in a mentoring context can be powerful. But that does not necessarily mean goal setting is always a good thing. Continue reading “Setting Goals in Mentoring”
By Rick Lewis
I’m not a great fan of pigeon-holing people according to a pre-determined stereotype. Humans are endlessly varied and it’s always a good approach to try to clear one’s mind of preconceptions and listen closely to an individual to discover who they are in all their uniqueness. Continue reading “Sub-cultural Themes in Mentoring”