‘No one stopped to ask me about who I was and what my strengths and gifts were.’
This experience planted the seed of an idea to equip and mentor others, to listen to what their gifts are and what they feel enthusiastic about. Today, the now Revd Tina Molyneux puts that into practice through ‘personal discipleship plans’ in the Diocese of Oxford.
Under the scheme, people have a mentor who listens to their enthusiasms and encourages them. Crucially, this is in a bid to see people live out their faith outside the church building, rather than in it.
‘This is for people whether they are walking the dog, with their friends, at work, taking the kids to school, to help them to be more themselves and to notice God in the everyday and follow where He is calling them in the everyday,’ says Tina.
The reaction? ‘Amazing’ is the word that is repeated time and again, as mentors and mentees talk about this over coffee.