Online Mentor Equipping Course

Why do the course?

OMEC:Youth is a course we have developed to train up mentors of young people.

Whether you are in a church with no youth, one or two young people or many in a youth group this course is worth it, because it will give you the skills and importantly the support to encourage and help grow young people that you know.

  • If you have no youth it will help prepare you for when young people do come
  • If you only have one or two, it will help you develop godly relationships with them to help them hold on to life in Christ, even without a youth group
  • If you have many youth and a thriving youth group, it will support and encourage you as you invest in their lives


From young teens to early adulthood, youth today face enormously diverse and complex challenges as they navigate their way as Christians in the world. To make it through without being led astray, young people need older maturing Christians to walk beside them to encourage, comfort, challenge, and guide them in a way that is tailored to the needs of each individual youth.

Are you well-prepared to provide this help for the young people around you?

Would you like some support and encouragement as you mentor your young people?

PY’s On-line Mentor Equipping Course: Youth (OMEC:Youth) will provide you with these skills and support for mentoring the young people around you.

Course Info


The program encompasses practical hands-on skills and tools to help mentors develop effective practices. In particular it will focus on inter-personal relational skills used in mentoring which includes the following – attending, giving feedback, restating, suggesting, clarifying, immediacy, reflecting feelings, disclosing oneself, questioning, care-fronting and summarising. The program begins with a one day face to face workshop to establish some basic principles and build community among the participants. This is followed by two semesters of distance training in a supportive on-line supervision environment.

This is a non-accredited course.

Mentors will put what they are learning into practice with a young person within their church/area they are mentoring during the course. So it’s hands-on learning with feedback from supervision sessions.


$50 for the face to face workshop to cover lunch, plus any travel costs you incur (travel subsidies available).

Online Course

Because the course involves participants being in pairs for practical exercises, we call for participants to commit to the whole course from the start. For the pilot of this course, there will be no charge for the online component, but you need to attend the face-to-face workshop to be able to participate in the online component.

Time Commitment

Total time whole course – 24 hours over 18 months plus mentoring of a young person.

  • July 20, 2019 — 8 hours for the face to face workshop
  • Semester A (August-December 2019) – 6 hours online sessions plus 2 hours online supervising sessions.
  • In-between (somewhere between January-July 2020) – 1 hour online supervising session.
  • Semester B (August-December 2020) – 6 hours online sessions plus 1 hour online supervising session
  • Total: 24 hrs

City Offering 2


Workshop: Saturday 20th February, 2021
Semester A: February – July 2021
In-between: August-December 2021
Semester B: January – June 2022

Trainers: Dave and Lisa Woolcott

Dave Woolcott

Dave grew up in a ministry family. He trained as a woodwork teacher. During this training he met Lisa, fell in love with her, and married her.

Dave has an education degree and taught for 5 years before working as a farmhand and a portable sawmill builder/owner/operator.

Dave is a retired rugby player, a musician, and loves to tinker in his shed. He is the father of three adult children and the ‘Grumpy’ (grandfather) of a dangerously cute granddaughter.

Dave has been in full time ministry since 2007 and is currently a part of the ministry team at MacChap (Macquarie Chapel Presbyterian Church). He has also been involved with training and mentoring young people for ministry in a number of settings, including PY’s own Lead for Life Internship, university and high school.

Lisa Woolcott

Lisa has a background in Allied Health and training in Wellness Coaching. She completed a Graduate Diploma in Divinity in 2014. She is currently researching the impact of mentoring on paid ministry staff in the PCNSW as part of her graduate studies in Christian Spirituality.

Lisa studied Christian spiritual mentoring through ACOM and enjoys mentoring as a means of facilitating spiritual growth in women.

Lisa is married to Dave, a Presbyterian minister. Together they have 3 adult children, a daughter-in-law and a granddaughter. She enjoys beach walks, reading, coffee dates and traveling.

Offering 3

OMEC North 2020

We are also running the course in the north coast of NSW, at Harbourside Presbyterian Church in Coffs Harbour, with the face-to-face day on Saturday 19th September 2020.


Trainer: Steve Teale

Steve Teale is married to Beate (B-R-T) and has 3 adult sons and 4 grandchildren. Steve was a Primary School teacher for 9 yrs before studying at Moore Theological College Sydney. Since 1989, they have served at Bondi, Willoughby and Acacia Ridge (QLD), before coming back to Alstonville / Wollongbar region in NSW, and presently serving at Crossroads Presbyterian Church.

Steve’s greatest love is seeing people grow in their love and devotion to Jesus. Mentoring has been a vital part in walking with others as they walk with Christ.

Steve is a passionate fisherman, spending as much time as possible on the water. A great delight is time with the grandkids .. though there are probably more photos of fish than grandies on his phone!

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