Mentors hold a vital role at the Medford Gospel Mission because they invest in the lives of men and women as they commit to love, learn, and live for God while they are enrolled in our two-year discipleship program.

From the moment someone walks through our doors, we work hard to empower them — one small step at a time — by building within them the confidence to take ownership of their lives. This typically happens in three stages: relief, restoration, and transformation.

Mentor involvement occurs in the transformation stage; however, understanding all three stages has value to the mentors. Therefore, each stage is defined below.

RELIEF comes in the form of offering food, clothing and shelter in a compassionate, respectful way as we build relationships with our guests.  We provide relief to over 220 people every day through our shelters, Main Ingredient Restaurant, and Outfit Outlet Clothing Store. We know that simply offering free services, as nice as these are, won’t bring lasting change. This is why the goal in all three of these areas is to first gain relational trust. This is extremely important because many of the people we serve have relational barriers that have them feeling stuck in the situation they find themselves.

Once we gain their trust and the person is ready for real life change, we can start to do the work of empowering them down the road of restoration that leads to transformation.

RESTORATION happens as we empower our guests to take responsibility to address the challenges they face. 85% of the men and women that come to the Mission for shelter enter one of our restoration programs. As they enter our Getting Things Done, program they have the opportunity to set goals and accomplish them over the course of ten weeks while living at the Mission. We meet with these guests daily to encourage them to stay the course, and weekly to empower them to plan their next steps. These individuals also invest time every day completing tasks that keep our facilities a pleasant place to live, and we embolden them to become part of a positive environment that helps other people in need. Over the course of these ten weeks, most of our Getting Things Done participants accomplish their goals and leave better equipped to live a more responsible life in our community, and they do not immediately return to camping out.

TRANSFORMATION happens as individuals choose to invest in themselves by committing to two years of discipleship in our Upper Room Transitional Living program.  As these men and women enter this program, we assign them a mentor from the community that will walk with them over the course of the program, and encourage them to rely on God as they learn to mature in their faith before tackling the challenges of the world.  Over the course of two years, whole life transformation comes as the individual is challenged to love God, learn about God, and live for God, and as a result they are empowered to take ownership of their lives, and with confidence, set long-term goals and achieve their dreams. As a mentor, you can make a difference in the life of a young Christian by investing in his or her life one hour a week while he or she strive to develop a heart for God, a mind for God, and a life for God.

STAGE 1: Develop a Heart for God

This stage typically lasts six months but can last even longer if the individual is not ready to enter the next stage.  The goal is not to rush them through the stages, but to lay a firm spiritual foundation to build upon during the next stages.

Ephesians 4:17-24 Now this I say and testify in the Lord, that you must no longer walk as the Gentiles do, in the futility of their minds. [18] They are darkened in their understanding, alienated from the life of God because of the ignorance that is in them, due to their hardness of heart. [19] They have become callous and have given themselves up to sensuality, greedy to practice every kind of impurity. [20] But that is not the way you learned Christ!— [21] assuming that you have heard about him and were taught in him, as the truth is in Jesus, [22] to put off your old self, which belongs to your former manner of life and is corrupt through deceitful desires, [23] and to be renewed in the spirit of your minds, [24] and to put on the new self, created after the likeness of God in true righteousness and holiness.

  • Loving God
    • Mentee Focus: Find a church and settle-in.
    • Mentor Focus: Encourage them in the importance of worshiping God with God’s people on God’s day.
    • Talking Points: Ask them about their church and weekly sermons.
  • Learning about God
    • Mentee Focus: Attend daily Bible studies and classes at the Mission.
    • Mentor Focus: Encourage them to learn about God by carrying on conversations to ensure they are growing in their faith.
    • Talking Points: Ask questions about what they are learning at Bible study and the classes they are taking at the Mission.
  • Living for God
    • Mentee Focus: Work on sobriety by attending Celebrate Recovery and serving at the Mission.
    • Mentor Focus: Ask questions about what their tasks are at the Mission and encourage them to see that they are serving in full time ministry, not simply doing chores or earning their way.
    • Talking Points: Ask questions about what they do and challenges they face; then encourage them to face them in a Biblical way.

STAGE 2: Develop a Mind for God 

During this stage the mentee works on a Who I am in Christ Research Project. This project requires the individual to study the Bible and determine what it says about the challenges they face.

This stage typically lasts six months but can last even longer if the individual has not completed their project and is not ready to enter the next stage.  Again, the goal is not to rush them through this stage but to build on the foundation that we have laid.

Romans 12:1-2 I appeal to you therefore, brothers, by the mercies of God, to present your bodies as a living sacrifice, holy and acceptable to God, which is your spiritual worship. [2] Do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewal of your mind, that by testing you may discern what is the will of God, what is good and acceptable and perfect.

  • Loving God
    • Mentee Focus: Join the church by meeting the pastors and getting to meet the church body. Attend more than Sunday morning worship services.
    • Mentor Focus: Encourage them to be involved in the lives of people that they meet at church.
    • Talking Points: Ask them about their church and weekly sermons.
  • Learning about God
    • Mentee Focus: Attend daily Bible studies and classes at the Mission.
    • Mentor Focus: Encourage them to learn about God by carrying on conversations to ensure that they are growing in their faith.
    • Talking Points: Ask questions about what they are learning at Bible study and the classes that they are taking at the Mission
  • Living for God
    • Mentee Focus: Work on his or her Who I am In Christ Project and continue to work on sobriety by attending Celebrate Recovery and serving at the Mission.
    • Mentor Focus: Encourage them to search the Scriptures as they work on their project. Continue to ask questions about what their tasks are at the Mission and encourage them to see that they are serving in full time ministry not simply doing chores or earning their way.
    • Talking Points: Ask them about their project and the challenges they face; then encourage them to face them in a Biblical way.

 STAGE 3: Develop a Life for God 

This stage is centered around setting SMART goals and completing them over the course of a year as well as building on the foundation that we have laid so that they are equipped for life after they graduate.  During this stage they will secure employment, if applicable, pay off their debt if they have any, and save money for the future.  We encourage individuals to stay as long as it takes to accomplish goals and to be fully prepared to succeed.  Again, the goal is not to rush them through this stage but to help them to be fully prepared to live in our community as a healthy Christian.

2 Corinthians 5:17-21 17 Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation. The old has passed away; behold, the new has come. [18] All this is from God, who through Christ reconciled us to himself and gave us the ministry of reconciliation; [19] that is, in Christ God was reconciling the world to himself, not counting their trespasses against them, and entrusting to us the message of reconciliation. [20] Therefore, we are ambassadors for Christ, God making his appeal through us. We implore you on behalf of Christ, be reconciled to God. [21] For our sake he made him to be sin who knew no sin, so that in him we might become the righteousness of God.

  • Loving God
    • Mentee: Normal church life.
    • Mentor Focus: Encourage them to be involved in the lives of people they meet at church.
    • Talking Points: Ask them about their church and weekly sermons and studies.
  • Learning about God
    • Mentee Focus: Attend daily Bible studies and classes at the Mission.
    • Mentor Focus: Encourage them to learn about God by carrying on conversations to ensure that they are growing in their faith.
    • Talking Points: Ask questions about what they are learning at Bible study and the classes they are taking at the Mission
  • Living for God
    • Mentee Focus: Set SMART goals to prepare for the future. Join and complete the NextJob Job Club in preparation to look for work if applicable and then secure a job. Attend Financial Peace University in preparation to manage money and build a budget designed to pay off debt and save for the future.  Continue attending Celebrate Recovery and serving at the Mission.
    • Mentor Focus: Work with them through the SMART goal setting process and encourage them as they apply themselves in their required classes.
    • Talking Points: What life is going to look like when they graduate. What they think about Biblical money management. How they are going to maintain sobriety after they graduate. Encourage them to face these challenges in a Biblical way.

Thank you for your interest in our mentorship program.  When you join our mentorship team, you are investing both in the spiritual growth of a young believer, as well as helping them live a transformed life for the glory of God.