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The Role of Mentoring in Adolescents’ Spiritual Formation

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An integrative approach that emphasises the fundamental role of mentoring is essential in adolescents’ spiritual formation. Leading adolescents into spiritual formation necessitates walking alongside them through mentoring rather than simply teaching them to cope with pressures. There is a tremendous hunger among the adolescents of today for spiritual guides and mentors that will come alongside them in their journey of spiritual formation. Much has been written about mentoring; however, this article focuses on the use of mentoring in fostering adolescents’ spiritual formation, drawing on recent research. This article shows how youth workers can and should embrace mentoring in order to facilitate adolescents’ spiritual formation.

Affiliations: 1: PhD; Research Fellow, Faculty of Theology, Department of Practical Theology University of Stellenbosch, rsa,


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