ETC, short for Evening Tea & Chat, offers a perfect method for equipping today’s Christian women to step into significant mentoring roles with the next generation. It is a simple, natural, and well-thought through method that provides structure, transparency, and growth.
Begin Your Own ETC (or Mugs & Mornings) Mentoring Group
Find at least one Christian woman to partner with you in hosting and leading your mentoring ministry. A group of two or three is ideal, but not necessary.
Pick a location, such as a home or church, for your gatherings.
- Date & Time
Set a bi-monthly date with a 2-hour commitment.
- Invite Girls
Invite Christian and non-Christian tweens, teens, or twenty-somethings from church, your community, or amongst your daughter’s friends.
Provide lots of hot water and a collection of tea bags for the girls to grab upon their arrival.
- Index Cards
Also have on hand a stack of index cards, pens, and a small basket.
- Topics & Truth
Pick a Topics & Truth free download to print out for yourself and the group. Work through the topic in about 10 -15 minutes, teaching the main points. You may also purchase the Dig Deep Guides, which are full of illustration ideas, questions, and tips.
- Q&A Time
While the topic is being taught, invite the girls to write down questions — about anything — on index cards and toss them in a basket. Working with your ETC. partner, for the next forty minutes, take turns answering their questions with a Scripture reference in the context of life application. Feel free to use a personal example, but remember that less is often more! Also, make the most of our collection of Q&As. If you don’t know an answer, skip that question with a mention to follow up one-on-one.
Close the time in prayer, then encourage the girls to get a second cup of tea.
- Authentic Relationships
While the girls are relaxing and sipping tea, this is a wonderful time to be open for one-on-one conversations. The girls will trust you more and more over time! Let the relationships grow naturally. You can also invite other Christian women to attend ETC. and be available for this portion of the night.
ETC. is an awesome way to impact the next generation. We hope you’ll make the most of our resources and prayerfully consider beginning an ETC ministry. Feel free to download a promotional flier about ETC to share with other women that might like to partner with you.
But what if an evening won’t work for your gathering?
We have just the solution for you, if an evening gathering time isn’t convenient for hosting your gathering. Using all of our same materials and the ETC concept, you can host a Mugs & Mornings mentoring time. This name lends itself to a Saturday morning time or even for a school morning setting.
Is there anythings for the moms?
Yes, you can offer a Grace Chats time, that’s structured the same way but caters to moms. To learn more about Grace Chats, click here.
What resources can I use?
We highly recommend you purchasing Impact My Life: Biblical Mentoring Simplified (available through Amazon for Kindle and in paperback), which is full of practical ideas, illustrations, and solid biblical teaching to equip you to mentor well. There are discussion questions at the end of each chapter and a small group leader’s guide, which makes this a great option to do with other women who desire to mentor along side you. You may also choose to go through an M2B Mentoring Training course together, which you can learn more about here. We also encourage you to use all the FREE Topics & Truth Downloads that are designed for your use as well as the Dig Deep Guides.
Join Our Mentoring Network
If you are considering launching a mentoring group utilizing the resources offered by More to Be, please do let us know. We would like to support your efforts, even through the preparation process, and cover you in prayer as your mentoring group launches. To join the network for free, complete this form.
FREE Printable Resources
ETC. CoverKeep your ETC. things organized! Pickup a binder and insert this printable cover page.
ETC. Host and Leader ChecklistTake our ETC. instructions with you. Print out this checklist and insert into your binder.
ETC. Promote & ShareDownload this promotional flier to share with women and begin your own ETC. Mentoring ministry.
ETC. InviteReady to host your own ETC. group. Use this printable invitation to gather your group together!
ETC. Training GuideWe’re delighted to offer you a FREE ETC. Training Guide, especially designed to equip an individual woman or a women’s ministry team seeking to begin an ETC. Mentoring Ministry in their church, school, or community. Click the image to download a PDF printable version.