We answer a lot of questions with “Yes, but…” or “No, however we understand…” But on this one, it’s a firm no. Much of what makes Radical Mentoring work so well is the transparency and vulnerability that is cultivated in groups when people are fully open and honest with their stories and their lives. The realistic likelihood of this happening with both men and women in the room is much less.
Men and women deal with different issues and come at things differently. This can make for great discussion and lead to personal growth, so there are certainly places for and benefits to co-ed small groups, but intentional small group mentoring isn’t it. With mentoring groups, we have a limited amount of time and want to dive deep quickly and mixed-gender groups aren’t conducive to that.