As a Christian Ministry Staff (CMS) at Paya Lebar Methodist Girls’ School (PLMGS) from Jan 2000 to May 2007, and Sep 2009 to March 2014, and at Methodist Girls’ School (MGS) from Sep 2014 to date, I have had the great privilege of journeying with and mentoring Christian teenagers who show great potential to achieve mighty things for the Lord.
Christian mentoring goes beyond helping and advising an individual in their spiritual growth—it is to develop them as a whole person (mentally, emotionally, socially), just like how Jesus grew in wisdom and stature, and in favour with God and people (Luke 2:52).
To me, mentoring is to make available to the students the adult advice and experiences from which they can benefit, and to be an outlet/resource for them when they need help. A mentoring relationship requires both mentor and protégé to be willing to meet up regularly, with the protégé agreeing to make themselves accountable to the mentor. The protégé must also allow their mentor to speak into their life, including giving hard-to-swallow rebukes and correction for their benefit and growth.
Jenny Koh is a Christian Ministry Staff at Methodist Girls’ School (Secondary). She worships at Toa Payoh Methodist Church.
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