Teach leaders the art of being present with kids/students and help them connect their faith to a community.


Children and students who are connected to a community that they know cares and values them are more likely to return. Kids who are a part of community are more likely to want to grow spiritually, as they emulate leaders around them. In this session, you will learn how to be present in the lives of the kids around you, and it will empower you to become the mentor that they need.


  • Assignment #1 // Read the scripture passages below and answer the questions.

  • Assignment #2 // Read Chapter 1, pages 24-41, in the book Lead Small , by Reggie Joiner and Tom Shefchunas.

  • Assignment #3 // Read the Orange Blog Article, “Why the Church Needs Less Volunteers and More Mentors,” by Daniel de Jesus at the link provided.

  • Assignment #4 // Answer what being a mentor means to you.


Matthew 4:18-21, Matthew 28:18-20, 1 Timothy 4:11, Philemon 4-7

Take a look at these passages that talk about the importance of finding, and influencing disciples. Discipleship is a form of mentorship. What we are doing in these modules is also a form of mentorship/discipleship. It’s coming alongside someone and helping them grow in their spiritual walk…as you walk alongside them. You do that weekly with Eastside children and students. Jesus saw the value in having a small group to pour into, and to have them witness Jesus as He lived His daily walk with God. As you read these passages, look for ways and reasons why a discipleship/mentor relationship is important, and what role you could play in being a mentor/leader to those around you.

Matthew 4:18-21 (NIV)

18 As Jesus was walking beside the Sea of Galilee, he saw two brothers, Simon called Peter and his brother Andrew. They were casting a net into the lake, for they were fishermen. 19 “Come, follow me,” Jesus said, “and I will send you out to fish for people.” 20 At once they left their nets and followed him. 21 Going on from there, he saw two other brothers, James son of Zebedee and his brother John. They were in a boat with their father Zebedee, preparing their nets. Jesus called them,

Matthew 28:18-20 (NIV)

18 Then Jesus came to them and said, “All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me. 19 Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, 20 and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you. And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age.”

1 Timothy 4:11-12 (NIV)

11 Command and teach these things. 12 Don’t let anyone look down on you because you are young, but set an example for the believers in speech, in conduct, in love, in faith and in purity.

Philemon 1:4-7 (NIV)

4 I always thank my God as I remember you in my prayers, 5 because I hear about your love for all his holy people and your faith in the Lord Jesus. 6 I pray that your partnership with us in the faith may be effective in deepening your understanding of every good thing we share for the sake of Christ. 7 Your love has given me great joy and encouragement, because you, brother, have refreshed the hearts of the Lord’s people.


  1. When Jesus called His first disciples, (Matthew 4:18-21, Mark 1:16-19), what were they doing? What did Jesus want them to change their focus to? What do we learn from Jesus about the importance of coming alongside others to help they grow spiritually?

  2. Jesus issued a great commission to not only the disciples, but to everyone who follows Jesus. What did he command us to do in Matthew 28:18-20? How important is the concept of discipleship? What does it mean to “ disciple” another person?

  3. What do you learn from 1 Timothy 4:11-12 on how to lead a group of kids/students?

  4. In Philemon 1:4-7, what do you learn about being a part of a community of faith?


Read Chapter 1, pages 24-41, in the book Lead Small , by Reggie Joiner and Tom Shefchunas.


  1. When you think of the word community, what comes to mind? List 3-5 things.

  2. Think back on a mentor or person who had the most positive impact on you. What characteristics did they have? List 3-5 of them.

  3. How important is consistency in your life? How do you feel when things are inconsistent vs consistent? How important do you think consistency is in a child/youth’s life?

  4. Being present mentally when you are with your small group is essential. What information did you learn about your group this past weekend? Did anyone share prayer requests with you? How will you follow up with them this week?

  5. Think of a time when someone did something randomly for you, (called you when you least expected it, sent you a card, or showed an unexpected act of kindness?) How did that make you feel? How can you do the same for those you lead?


Why the Church Needs Less Volunteers and More Mentors

by Daniel De Jesus | Jul 6, 2017

Link to read the Blog is here.



  1. What stood out to you in this article? Why?

  2. This article mentions that in order to thrive, leaders need to show up consistently, speak into kids’ lives with love, truth, and affirmation. How can you lead the kids/students you serve with this kind of authentic faith?



  1. What does being a mentor mean to you?

  2. What questions did this module raise about being present in the life of a student or child?

  3. What 1-2 strengths did this module affirm about your leadership?

  4. What growth areas did this module reveal about your leadership?

  5. What are 3-4 action steps you need to take in order to more effectively be present with students and kids?

  6. What’s one skill from this chapter you will put into practice before we meet to discuss the content? Come prepared to share what went well and what you could’ve done better.

LEADERSHIP TAKEAWAY (To be completed during group discussion)