OMEC – Online Mentor Equipping Course

OMEC:Youth is a course we are developing in 2019 to train up mentors of young people.

Why do the course:  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.

Context: 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.

 

The Program: 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 (20th July, 2019) to establish some basic principles.  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.

Cost: A small fee for the face to face workshop, plus any travel costs you incur;

On-line Course – TBC (based on supervision costs); 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

The Trainer: Peter Moore working with PYNSW.
Peter is a Presbyterian minister and a partner in the mentor equipping ministry of Oilstone.  Peter is today involved in an extensive mentoring ministry. He currently meets individually each 2 months for 2 to 3 hours with more than 30 Presbyterian, Anglican, Baptist and Lutheran pastors. He also runs mentor training events and consultations for local churches across Australia.  Peter has been an active Presbyterian pastor since 1991 (and more recently an elder) in family, pastoral and program sized churches and has been a theological educator since 2005.

 

Sign up:

The current offering of the course has already commenced, but you can join the waiting list for the next one, or ask any questions through our contact form.