Becoming a mentor might sound intimidating, but it’s not. You and your spouse have more to offer than you realize. Your story, with all its ups and downs, can give hope and help to a younger couple. The best part? Mentoring another couple not only sets them up for success, it’s guaranteed to strengthen your own marriage in the process. Join a growing number of couples who are changing the face of marriage in Canada. To see if there are any trainings in your area check here or talk to one one of our coaches today to help you take the next step.
If you have a good marriage and you want others to experience the same kind of marriage you have, mentoring could be for you. We know your marriage is not perfect but your success should be shared with others. This is not counselling, so you don’t need to have all the answers. Mentoring is about listening and helping your mentee couple talk with each other and make good decisions.
After a brief training you will be ready to start mentoring another couple. You will get together with them once a month over the course of one year and guide them through the conversations found in the Marriage Mentoring Initiative Conversation Guide.
There is a three hour training to get you started and then you will meet with your mentee couple once a month over the course of a year to guide them through the Conversation Guide. Your meetings with them will probably be 60-90 minutes.
If you have a healthy marriage and a heart for others, your life experience qualifies you to be a mentor. You don’t need a perfect marriage, just a willingness to share your story with another couple and listen to theirs.
If your church is a Marriage Mentor Centre, they may have people wanting to be mentored right now but you can mentor any couple that is not as far down the road as you. We recommend that you be at least one stage further along than them in life.
You can buy the training at PowerToChange.org. The kit contains step by step DVD training, training manuals for 2 couples, 2 conversation guides used with the couples you mentor and instructions on how you can train others as well. Training takes 3 hours and prepares you to start meeting with a mentee couple right away. FamilyLife Coaches are ready to answer any questions you have along the way.