Thursday, December 17, 2009

Mentoring at Its Best

Recently Gordon's Companions for the Journey program celebrated both Christmas and the end to a successful semester of fruitful mentoring.
Laurie Truschel, director of discipleship ministries, and Alyssa Baker, sophomore and Laurie's intern, oversee Companions, a mentoring program that matches students with faculty or staff mentors from the Gordon community. “We believe students benefit greatly from interaction with those who have committed their lives to walking with Christ,” says Laurie, “seeking to honor Him in their vocational and spiritual lives.” The eight- to 10-week program is set up to encourage students to be more like Christ, using mentoring as a vehicle to make this happen.
Alyssa agrees: “Our prayer is that both our mentors and students would be blessed by the opportunity to share their lives with each other through stories of their past and their hopes for the future. During our Christmas party it seemed like a lot of these prayers were answered—two matches shared how much of a blessing it was to get to know each other and how much both mentors and students learned. Each was surprised by how challenged they were and the inspiration they gained from spending time together.”

Learn more about Companions for the Journey.

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