Previous research has shown that an important resource in adolescent development is the presence of natural mentors. Yet what is the impact of natural mentoring on adolescents' spiritual development? This article looks primarily at an exegesis of Titus 2:1-??8 in order to gain biblical insights regarding the use of natural mentoring in the church's Christian education of adolescents.
Jim Rayburn’s (1909–1970) passion to see young people come to faith in Christ led to the establishment of Young Life in 1941. This parachurch organization focused on youth evangelism through after-school clubs and summer camps. The high-energy, adult-led, conversational, and incarnational program focus that was characteristic of these forums eventually moved beyond Young Life, influencing much of how youth ministry operated through the rest of the 20th century.