prayer triplets & Mentoring
Alongside our Small Groups and Homegroups we encourage both Prayer Triplets and Mentoring. Both are really helpful for our growth as disciples.
Instead of meeting as a 'structured group' these gatherings are more informal and arranged by individuals.
Prayer Triplets are three individuals who pray together and encourage one another.
Mentoring helps someone walk with a more mature or experienced Christian to work through a particular issue or circumstance, helping someone grow, gain wisdom and focused support.
Prayer Triplets : a bit more
A ‘prayer triplet’ commits to pray for each other and for the spiritual needs of their community; seeking the will of God and His blessing ‘on earth as it is in heaven’.
Jesus said, “Again, truly I tell you that if two of you on earth agree about anything they ask for, it will be done for them by my Father in heaven. For where two or three gather in my name, there am I with them.” Matthew 18:19-20
Within prayer triplets we learn about the importance and power of intercessory prayer; relationships are deepened, faith is strengthened, and we grow spiritually.
It is not difficult to regularly connect and pray with two other people
Three is better than two as If one is absent for a meeting, the other two can continue
Two or three people can easily meet anywhere, you can even connect via phone, etc.
Having others pray with you keeps you accountable to each other and will help you all to grow
Three ensures there is always a third party if there is a disagreement between two (to pray and seek agreement)
How to Form a Prayer Triplet
Agree with two other people (e.g. two colleagues at work) to meet regularly for prayer (and make it clear this time is dedicated to pray and is not for socialising, fellowship, etc. – do that afterwards!). Ideally, of the same gender.
Connect with each other through an online platform, phone, or meet over coffee and pray together.
Get together for 5–10 minutes at a specific time and location maybe once a week, or at least once a month.
Mentoring is a dynamic, intentional relationship of trust in which one person (the mentor) enables another (the mentee) by sharing their God given experience and resources, to maximise the grace of God in their life, and in the service of God’s Kingdom purposes’
Relationships are vital - especially in mentoring. Throughout the Bible images which underline the importance of community and interdependence are common (including 'vine' John 15, 'body' 1 Corinthians 12, and 'building' 1 Corinthians 3.
Similarly there are many examples of mentoring relationships in the Bible; Jethro & Moses, Moses & Joshua, Ruth & Naomi, David & Jonathan, Elijah & Elisha, Barnabas & Paul, Paul & Timothy.
How does Mentoring happen?
Either speak to one of the leadership time, or ask someone you know and trust within the CBC fellowship if they'll consider mentoring you.
Agree clearly on how mentoring will work (i.e. when, where, how long and how often you'll meet, the time-frame of mentoring (i.e. what's the end point).
Discuss what expectations you each have, and agree on boundaries, themes and think through what outcomes would be helpful.
‘If you want to become a person who brings out the best in others, focus on their future and look at them through the eyes of faith.’