Organic Mentoring: A Mentor's Guide to Relationships with Next Generation WomenSue EdwardsKregel Ministry / 2014 / Trade Paperback$12.99 Retail:4 Stars Out Of 5 2 Reviews
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I'm 50!5 Stars Out Of 5Love it!September 16, 2016I'm 50!Quality: 5Value: 4Meets Expectations: 5I feel like this book is so helpful and affirming. It's nice to have someone explain what it is we're seeing and help us to understand that it's not a negative, it's just a different way of doing things. I actually read the book, then ordered 3 more copies to hand out to my friends over 40. :) This will definitely impact the way we do Women's Ministry at our church.
A Cluttered MindRochester, MNAge: 45-54Gender: male3 Stars Out Of 5Not Sure What I'm Doing Here!November 11, 2014A Cluttered MindRochester, MNAge: 45-54Gender: maleQuality: 3Value: 3Meets Expectations: 2I don't know what to think of this book.
No, seriously, I really don't know what to think of this book.
Because I've been stressing discipling relationships for the past 23 years in our church, I think the title/subtitle intrigued me.
Because our women's ministry within our church stands in need of a serious jump start in a new direction, I was even more greatly intrigued by the concept this book might present.
However, I knew I would be entering dangerous territory
because I am male;
because I am a pastor;
and because I'm 'old' (almost 56 as of this writing), well 'past' the postmodern age of the Millennials, the Generation Xs or Ys, or the GenMe'ers (as one quote puts it within this book).
As a man, what in the world am I thinking, trying to get inside the head of women who are to be mentoring other women? Well, that's where the role of pastor comes in and allows me to address needs and areas of concern within my congregationsuch as the need to see Titus 2 women raised up in order to see women discipling other women. Yet, it can still be tricky, like entering onto foreign soil in order to tell those 'foreigners' how to live. And yes, according to these authors, I am not in the target 'mentee' age range. Apparently my categories are too hardened, my schedules too set and/or my programs too out-dated.
Well, that's my concern regarding this book: about two-thirds of it really isn't for my congregation. We've done 'intergenerational' for years and continue to strive to keep the age groupings from dividing us and keeping us apart. When I preached on Titus 2, and gave two Sundays to just the women, I stressed some things (apparently unknowingly) Edwards & Neumann talk about in Organic Mentoring, but kept referring to the need to see the women around you in our church that you wanted to have disciple you. Then go ask them. As for content of those relationships, I highly recommended learning from each other, about life, about God, about family.
So, maybe I'm just ahead of my time (I doubt that a great deal; I'd rather have lived in the time of the Puritans). Maybe I'm a paradigm-shifting trend-setter (hardly, since I still believe expositional preaching from texts for about 3040 minutes should be the norm in preaching).
Actually, I think it comes from something altogether different: our congregation is 'small' (we'd have about 110 people on a Sunday if they all showed up at the same time). That, to me, is part of why I do not know how to accurately critique this book. The authors appear to have come out of and to be involved with, at present, large churches where pragmatic, programmatic approaches have ruled the daybecause they're large. A small church, like ours, doesn't allow ladies (or men, for that matter) to hide and not know each other. True, we may not know everyone as well as some, but we know each other enough that the 'trust' and 'attraction' issues mentioned in section two of the book are not barriers or obstacles.
So, can I commend this book to you? It all depends. If you're from a large church (over 500), if you're from a multi-site church (I'd love to say, 'Get out now!' but that's for another time), if you're from a church that loves to program everything that happens, then this book might be of assistance in helping your women be biblical Titus 2 women. If you're a pastor who sees the women of his church needing to disciple one another, then pass a copy of this on to 'those in charge' of caring for women in your church. They might find it helpful.
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