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Bonding: The Art of Mentoring Youth

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When Naomi realized that Ruth was determined to go with her, she stopped urging her.

Naomi does not expect Ruth to make such a strong commitment to her. She urges her to follow Orpah back to the Moabite people. Yet Ruth persists and declares Naomi to be her family despite the absence of legal or religious requirements and despite the poverty and oppression they will face without a male family member.

The mentor-and-student bond gets little attention. It seems prudent, though, that the mentoring bond would resemble that of family bonds. When two people are giving their lives to one another in order to learn and be formed, they are reflecting familial relationships.

May you recognize your students as part of your extended family and guide them as you would your child, sibling, niece/nephew, or grandchild

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Paul Sheneman is an author, speaker and youth pastor. He serves with the Macedonia Methodist Church in Ohio. He drinks way too much coffee for his own good. His main interest is exploring Christian formation. You can follow most of his ramblings on his blog at www.discipleshipremix.com or on Twitter @PaulSheneman.