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 training videos and publications. Each Just for Mentors video and newsletter includes tips, ideas and encouragement from Doug Cupery, director of church mobilization at Crossroads. The purpose of these videos and publications is to help you become the best mentor you can be!

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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Just for Mentors #13

Just for Mentors:
SEPTEMBER 2018

As a Crossroads mentor, you will likely encounter many students who have long sentences or even life sentences. How do you encourage someone who has little or no hope of experiencing physical freedom? Doug tackles this topic in this month’s Just for Mentors.

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Just for Mentors #12

Just for Mentors:
AUGUST 2018

Prisoners may not have much during their incarceration. But one thing they do have is time. In this issue of Just for Mentors, Doug shares how we can lovingly encourage our students to make the best use of their time behind bars.

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Just for Mentors #11

Just for Mentors:
JULY 2018

Stories are powerful. In this issue of Just for Mentors, Doug discusses the importance of sharing our stories of struggle, pain and victory with our students.

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Just for Mentors #10

Just for Mentors:
JUNE 2018

Love, grace and mercy. They are words that we all know as Christians. But what does it look like to show love, grace and mercy to our students in our letters? Doug tackles this topic in this issue of Just for Mentors.

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Just for Mentors #9

Just for Mentors:
MAY 2018

In the book of Philippians, there is a little-known character named Epaphroditus, who travels hundreds of miles to visit Paul in prison. In this issue of Just for Mentors, Doug outlines what we as Crossroads mentors can learn from this obscure Bible character.

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Just for Mentors #8

Just for Mentors:
APRIL 2018

As a Crossroads mentor, you will likely encounter students of different faiths. In this issue, Doug challenges us to lovingly come alongside them on their spiritual journey and point them toward the love of Christ.

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Just for Mentors #7

Just for Mentors:
MARCH 2018

In this issue of Just for Mentors, Doug talks about the trauma and pain that prisoners experience when they are defined only by their crime. Find out how you as a Crossroads mentor can speak words of hope and point your students to their true identity in Christ.

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Just for Mentors #6

Just for Mentors:
FEBRUARY 2018

“Will you please pray for my family?” It’s a simple question but often loaded with pain and uncertainty for prisoners. In this issue of Just for Mentors, Doug helps you know how to pray for and encourage your student in their relationships with family.

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Just for Mentors #5

Just for Mentors:
JANUARY 2018

The letters you write and the Bible studies we share with our students not only affect their present situation but also their future. In this issue, Doug talks about the Church’s role in caring for prisoners in every phase of their journey.

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Just for Mentors #4

Just for Mentors:
DECEMBER 2017

Doug shares a letter from a Crossroads student who has been incredibly blessed by his interaction with Crossroads mentors and what all mentors can learn from his experience.

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Just for Mentors #3

Just for Mentors:
NOVEMBER 2017

Do you often use “church talk” or “Christianese” when talking with fellow believers? In this issue, Doug shares why this stained-glass language shouldn’t be used when writing to Crossroads students and how to reach your students effectively in your letters.

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