Radical Mentoring is an awesome complement to a church with high small group participation. The reality of weekly/biweekly small groups is a relatively low level of commitment and transparency. There are exceptions of course, but that’s the norm, and that’s okay.
However mentoring groups are meant to be a more intentional environment for diving deeper. The result is that mentees then hopefully take what they’ve learned and raise the level of vulnerability and intentionality in their small groups. It’s a win-win.
One of our partner churches uses this paradigm:
101: Events – periodic events (i.e., men’s hike, women’s gathering, etc.) aimed to inspire people and encourage them to take a next step and serve or get into a group.
201: Small Groups – weekly small groups aimed to help people “learn about God, pray, eat, laugh, and share life” with others in the church community
301: Mentoring Groups – high commitment groups that meet for three hours, once a month, for ten months, aimed to “yield a deeper walk with God and a biblical perspective on many aspects of life” under the guidance of older, wiser co-mentors.