JUST FOR MENTORS

Volunteer mentors are the heart of Crossroads Prison Ministries. In order to provide ongoing training and encouragement for volunteers, we provide monthly newsletters called Just for Mentors. Each newsletter includes tips, ideas and encouragement from Doug Cupery, director of church mobilization at Crossroads, and important news and reminders for mentors. We hope these newsletters help you become the best mentor you can be!

Just for Mentors #25

Just for Mentors:
SEPTEMBER 2019

Doug shares an experience he had talking with two strangers in a plane and their two very different reactions to learning that he works for a prison ministry.

Just for Mentors #24

Just for Mentors:
AUGUST 2019

Doug shares the story of Jamie, a friend of his in prison whose life has been transformed through the love and support of people from the outside visiting him.

Just for Mentors #23

Just for Mentors:
JULY 2019

In this edition of Just for Mentors, Doug discusses how he experienced God’s incredible grace during and after his incarceration and what it means for Crossroads mentors to show grace to their students.

Just for Mentors #22

Just for Mentors:
JUNE 2019

In this month’s Just for Mentors, Doug discusses the challenges for men and women released from prison reentering society and how you as Crossroads mentors can begin to prepare your students to thrive upon their release.

Just for Mentors #21

Just for Mentors:
MAY 2019

For many Crossroads mentors, it is difficult to write letters to men and women you have never met. In this month’s Just for Mentors, Doug offers practical tips on how to write meaningful, encouraging letters to your students.

Just for Mentors #20

Just for Mentors:
APRIL 2019

In this month’s Just for Mentors, Doug reminds us that Jesus is always present and at work in prison. He casts a vision for how we as mentors can continually point students to Jesus’ ongoing work in their lives.

Just for Mentors #19

Just for Mentors:
MARCH 2019

Drawing on his own journey of incarceration and reentering society, Doug explains how mentors can help their students have a vision for restoration in their lives.

Just for Mentors #18

Just for Mentors:
FEBRUARY 2019

In prison environments that are often full of hate, vengeance and violence, it’s hard to imagine even a moment of peace. In this month’s Just for Mentors, we discuss how to help our students be agents of peace in very hostile environments.

Just for Mentors #17

Just for Mentors:
JANUARY 2019

In prison, real rest is hard to come by. But Jesus promises to give rest to all who are weary. In this edition of Just for Mentors, we discuss how to point students to the rest that can only be found in Christ.

Just for Mentors #16

Just for Mentors:
DECEMBER 2018

Doug discusses what it’s like to spend the Christmas season in prison and how we as Crossroads mentors can bring hope and encouragement to our students during this difficult time.

Just for Mentors #15

Just for Mentors:
NOVEMBER 2018

In this month’s Just for Mentors, Doug discusses the power of being present and how as Crossroads mentors we can be present to our students through compassionate and encouraging letters.

Just for Mentors #14

Just for Mentors:
OCTOBER 2018

In this month’s Just for Mentors, Dara encourages us to ask good questions of our students – questions that encourage them to look inwardly at their hopes, dreams, pain and disappointment. 

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