A Strong People. A Strong City.

Strong people create a strong community, and we feel called to love our city well by investing in authentic relationships with those around us. Research shows that the presence of even one loving adult can remove and protect against the effects of trauma, which often debilitates people. We encourage you to look over the opportunities below and find your place to invest in our city!


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List of Communities

HOPE City
Catalyst Mentoring
The Mentoring Collaborative
Fellowship of Christian Athletes
Juvenile Hall Ministry
Homeless Ministry
Hope Recovery
Northern California Anti-Trafficking Coalition
Neighborhood Impact
Heaven in Business
Healthcare Network
City Project

Communities Opportunities

HOPE City

Restoring youth & families with troubled pasts
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Who would you mentor/disciple?
You would be mentoring either at-risk youth or parents in the community who are seeking parenting support.

What does mentorship/discipleship look like in this community?
There are several different opportunities for mentorship with HOPE City:
In-classroom mentoring: You’d work with HOPE City staff to facilitate an in-school class focused on helping youth develop social and conflict resolution skills and being restored to each other, their families and their community.
1-on-1 mentoring: You’d build a friendship with a youth, helping him/her process through challenging life events and develop life skills.
Love & Logic class support: We offer Love & Logic parenting classes to community members. You’d attend the classes, build relationships with attending parents, and when applicable, look for opportunities to support them in-class and outside of class.
Nurturing Fathers support: We teach young dads on probation how to heal from their father/son wounds, repair the harm they have caused in their own family, and teach them how to parent well. You’d support class activity, build relationships with the dads, and when applicable, look for opportunities to support them in-class and outside of class.

What is the commitment?
In-classroom mentoring: At least one 50 minute class period once a week, with the opportunity for more classes
1-on-1 mentoring: 1 hour per week (time and day flexible) for a minimum commitment of nine months to a year
Love & Logic class support: 2.5 hour class once a week for 6 weeks
Nurturing Fathers support: Flexible and varying
All volunteers: monthly volunteer meeting first Monday of every month 6-7:30pm

What type of support will I receive?
You would learn the basic concepts and techniques of restorative justice during monthly volunteer meetings. During these “Meet & Eat” meetings, you’ll watch a video and have the opportunity to connect with other mentors and leadership. Our Mentor Coordinator will also connect with you on a regular basis to see how you are doing. If you are working in the classes, you’ll also receive support from more experienced volunteers and staff.

Catalyst Mentoring

Investing in our city’s youth to invest in our city’s future
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Who would you mentor/disciple?
You would mentor young people and youth in Shasta County’s public schools.

What does mentorship/discipleship look like in this community?
There are 2 types of mentorship opportunities with Catalyst Mentoring. One is a 1-on-1 relationship with a young person. You meet weekly with the young person to encourage the mentee, give the mentee a positive experience with an adult, and be a loving, supportive presence to him/her.

Two and our main focus at Catalyst Mentoring is on school campuses where mentors build relationships with young people during their lunchtime. In this scenario, you would help teach a curriculum focused on character-building and then either build relationships with young people through art projects or physical activity.

What is the commitment?
1 hour each week for a calendar school year which is about 9 months.

What type of support will I receive?
You would go through Catalyst Mentoring’s robust mentoring training program before starting which will give you all the tips and tools you will need to thrive. Once matched, you’ll have the support of a leader, who oversees all mentors at that particular school. In addition, you’ll be invited to attend Catalyst’s regular (roughly monthly) mentor meet-ups to share your experiences, hear from others, and ask questions.

The Mentoring Collaborative

Building social & leadership skills in at-risk youth
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Who would you mentor/disciple?
As part of a team of 5-8 mentors, you would mentor and lead 10-20 at-risk youth in local Shasta County schools in a classroom setting.

What does mentorship/discipleship look like in this community?
The primary avenue of relationship will be in the classroom. You will work with other mentors to teach a short kingdom-based, but not an explicitly faith-based, lesson on leadership and social skills. During that classroom time, you would be expected to build relationships with individual youth. You will have the opportunity to go beyond the classroom in appropriate and approved ways, such as attending kids sporting events or setting up events outside the classroom (e.g., lake days) to foster a deeper connection. We would expect that you would connect with several kids on a weekly basis and 1-3 of those relationships will go deeper.

What is the commitment?
One day per week on-site at a local school from roughly 10am - 1pm for the duration of the school year (9-month commitment)
Plus potential additional off-site events

What type of support will I receive?
You would receive initial training from the Mentoring Collaborative team and ongoing support from them as you serve youth around the city. From there, you’d be placed on a campus team where you’d find regular support. On a quarterly basis, all campus teams come together to cast vision, share testimonies and challenges, and get equipped.

Fellowship of Christian Athletes

Encouraging & equipping local school coaches to impact students
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Who would you mentor/disciple?
You would be mentoring coaches of sports team at local high schools.

What does mentorship/discipleship look like in this community?
You would be building a relationship with the coach and helping them incorporate the Fellowship of Christian Athletes’ core values in his/her coaching and interaction with the players.

What is the commitment?
Meet with coaches twice a month for roughly an hour each time

What type of support will I receive?
You would receive an upfront training on the FCA’s core values and coaching model and be invited to join quarterly meetings for support on an ongoing basis.

Juvenile Hall

Discipling youth with a troubled past
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Who would you mentor/disciple?
You would build relationships with youth who are in the Juvenile Hall.

What does mentorship/discipleship look like in this community?
You would help run a Bible study in Juvenile Hall with interested youth. During this time, you’d have the opportunity to lead youth into encounters with God and develop ongoing relationships with them.

What is the commitment?
Sunday mornings 8-9:30am with a commitment of at least 6 months

What type of support will I receive?
You would be connected to a leader and you’d participate in pre-outreach and post-outreach meetings where you’d have time to ask questions and debrief. In addition, you’d be able to participate in the Outreach Department’s quarterly volunteer meetings where Outreach leadership cast vision and do some equipping.

Homeless Ministry

Serving those without a place to call home
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Who would you mentor/disciple?
You would build relationships with those in our city with significant needs who come to Sunday Morning Breakfast or come to Benevolence looking for physical resources.

What does mentorship/discipleship look like in this community?
During Sunday Morning Breakfast, you would serve guests and look for opportunities to connect with them and lead them into a relationship with Jesus and into wholeness. While you’ll be moving throughout the dining hall for some portion of the breakfast, you will have the opportunity to invest the same relationships week after week.

When serving in benevolence, you would listen compassionately to people’s stories and requests and help connect them to physical and spiritual resources. You would generally see new people from week-to-week, but you may develop a relationship with someone who comes to benevolence that you continue outside of benevolence.

What is the commitment?
Sunday morning breakfast: 7:30-10:30am Sunday
Benevolence: 9-11:30am Monday and Thursday

What type of support will I receive?
You would be connected to a leader for either Sunday Morning Breakfast or Benevolence. You’d also participate in pre-outreach and post-outreach meetings where you’d have time to ask questions and debrief. In addition, you’d be able to participate in the Outreach Department’s quarterly volunteer meetings where Outreach leadership cast vision and do some equipping.

Hope Recovery

Helping people with addictions experience freedom
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Who would you mentor/disciple?
You would mentor adults who are working on moving out of a lifestyle of addiction to drugs or alcohol.

What does mentorship/discipleship look like in this community?
You would begin developing relationships with people by attending Hope Recovery’s large group meetings on Thursday nights. During those times, you’d have the opportunity to build deeper relationships with specific individuals. Ideally, you’d continue to build the relationship with 1-2 of the people you connect with on Thursdays outside of that weekly time either in person or over the phone. You would offer them support, encouragement, and help coach them on life skills, as needed.

What is the commitment?
Thursday 6:30-8:30pm at Twin View Campus, John G. Lake Room
Plus additional connections with mentees outside of meetings as appropriate for a minimum of 6 months

What type of support will I receive?
Hope Recovery leadership would meet with you initially to talk about how the group functions and help connect you to attendees who do not yet have a mentor. You would be invited to join the pre-meetings on Thursdays from 5-6pm, during which time you’d receive training on topics like appropriate and healthy boundaries and codependencies - and debrief the previous week’s meeting. Hope Recovery leadership would also meet with you once a month to see how they are doing and you’d be invited to join a private Facebook group to connect with other mentors, share testimonies, and encourage each other.

Northern California Anti-Trafficking Coalition

Restoring those who have experienced trafficking
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Who would you mentor/disciple?
You would build a relationship with a person in our community who has been the victim of sex or human trafficking. Note: We do accept male advocates as we do occasionally have the opportunity to work with male victims.

What does mentorship/discipleship look like in this community?
Your primary role is to be a friend to your mentee, creating a friendship that brings healing to their past trauma. However, as an advocate for them, you may be asked to bring them to appointments or provide other limited forms of practical help.

What is the commitment?
1 hour per week (time and day flexible) for a minimum of a yearlong commitment

What type of support will I receive?
You’d receive 1-on-1 training from the NCAT Victim Services Coordinator, who serves under the leadership of Bethel’s Lance Jacobs. After the initial training, you’d receive ongoing support from the NCAT Victim Services Coordinator usually every 2-3 weeks via if your mentoring relationship was going well. However, the Victim Services Coordinator is available for more frequent conversations should any questions arise between scheduled check-ins. Occasionally, you’d be invited to join team meetings to offer and receive support from peers, debrief, and receive additional training.

Neighborhood Impact

Investing in lower-income neighborhoods
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Who would you mentor/disciple?
You would “adopt” a neighborhood and begin developing relationships with neighbors. At first, this would feel quite evangelistic, but over time, it would become more pastoral as relationships develop.

What does mentorship/discipleship look like in this community?
Each week you return to the same neighborhood and visit the same people (as much as possible). Those times will be spent building relationship with them and helping them grow closer to Jesus, whatever their current relationship might be. You invest in these relationships over the long-term, “pastoring” people.

What is the commitment?
Sunday afternoons from 2-4:30pm. We expect volunteers to commit to invest in a neighborhood for at least X months and to attend most every Sunday.

What type of support will I receive?
You would be connected to a Neighborhood Impact leader and you’d participate in pre-outreach and post-outreach meetings where you’d have time to ask questions and debrief. In addition, you’d be able to participate in the Outreach Department’s quarterly volunteer meetings where Outreach leadership cast vision and do some equipping.

Heaven in Business

Connecting & catalyzing you to partner with God at work
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Who would you mentor/disciple?
You would be mentoring fellow business people in your workplace or outside of your workplace with whom you already have a relationship or would pursue a relationship. We will not match you with a mentee, but help you mentor business people already in your life.

What does mentorship/discipleship look like in this community?
You are already discipling and mentoring people in your workplace either as a business owner or coworker. This is an opportunity to become more intentional about partnering with God at work and integrating kingdom values into the workplace.

What is the commitment?
We expect that it will look different for every person, but we would assume you would see and spend intentional time with the person or people you are mentoring on a weekly basis.

Regular attendance at Heaven in Business’s local monthly meeting: 6:30-8:30pm third Thursday of every month

What type of support will I receive?
You’d be invited to join the Heaven in Business local monthly meeting. During those times, there will be an opportunity for connection, teaching, and celebrating what God is doing in the business community in Redding. We’ll specifically unpack what discipleship can look like in the business context and bring in local leaders to share examples and testimonies of how they have done it.

Healthcare Network

Discovering together what the kingdom of God looks like in healthcare
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Who would you mentor/disciple?
You would be supporting healthcare professionals with whom you already have relationship. We will not match you with a mentee, but help you add strength to healthcare professionals already in your life.

What does mentorship/discipleship look like in this community?
The Bethel Healthcare Network is a gathering of healthcare professionals learning what is means to be the family of God and to truly fellowship with one another. You are powerful and valuable. You have much to give and are worth pouring into. Come make connections with others, be mutually encouraged, so that we may be the body of Christ - together. Similarly, be inspired to love your family, mentor and lend support those around you in your places of practice.

What is the commitment?
Come hungry to encounter God and to love and care for those in our network of healthcare providers. We meet on the first Monday evening of each month, September through June.

What type of support will I receive?
You’d be invited to join the Healthcare Network local monthly meeting. During those times, there will be an opportunity for relationship building, experience sharing, teaching, training, activation, and celebrating what God is doing in the healthcare community. We’ll specifically unpack Healthcare Network values and how those translate kingdom principles into the healthcare sector.

City Project

Revitalizing & maintaining our city’s public spaces
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Who would you mentor/disciple?
You would be mentoring BSSM students who serve as volunteers for City Project and could benefit from some more experienced adults teaching them the value of hard work and supporting them through the experience.

What does mentorship/discipleship look like in this community?
You would develop students into workers through the 7 months of their BSSM city service requirement. You’d support a City Project project leader and his/her team and develop relationships with the students in each group.

What is the commitment?
Every Thursday from mid-October through April, 1-6PM

What type of support will I receive?
You’d attend an orientation to our environment, routine, and expectations and be matched with a staff member who serves as a project leader on each workday. Your project leader would be accessible so that you could meet with him/her to solidify any specific goals and expectations and ask any questions. You’d also be expected to attend our weekly pre-project team meeting and debrief. Our staff would be available to answer questions and provide input as needed. There’s very little “lone ranger” activity on our team, so you would be mentoring in a naturally communal environment.

On Earth as it is in Heaven