I’ve been asked to be a mentor. Sounds easy to you? It did to me too until I had to pick up the phone. Until I thought about what being a mentor really means. Until I visited with a friend about it and she told me I needed to really pray about it before I commit to it. Now it sounds hard, unnerving, awkward even a little scary.
This is what I truly believe–it is really an obligation we have as women–women’s ministry–to ensure that every new member has a friend in the church. I believe we need to “plug” our new members into a position in the church as quickly as possible. I believe we need to help them find what their gifts and passions are and put them to work. I believe we need to sponsor each man, woman and child to the next retreat. We have to treat our new members like babies, handle them carefully, give them the needed attention they deserve, feed them and take care of them. We need a special Sabbath School class for them at least once a month so they can become grounded in their beliefs.
I wish I could tell you I thought all of this up on my own, but it’s not true. I have a friend who has tried most of these things in her church and they have a 90% retention rate. Isn’t that what we want? Don’t we want to keep the members we baptize? This much I do know, people are not going to stay in a church if they don’t have any friends, if they have nothing to do and if they feel like an outsider.
I would love to hear from you! I want to know what you do in your church to mentor your new members.
So back to my story, I did pick up the phone and we had a very nice visit. I am calling next week and we will go to lunch. I have a feeling I just may have a new friend. I’m excited.