Dr. John Sowers is President of The Mentoring Project, a movement that is re-writing the fatherless story through mentoring. He has been a part of the White House Task Force on Fatherhood and Healthy Families. John received his Masters of Divinity from Trinity Evangelical Divinity School and attended Gordon Conwell Theological Seminary, where he wrote his doctoral thesis on the crisis of fatherlessness. This dissertation was published by Zondervan under the title Fatherless Generation: Redeeming the Story. John and his wife, Kari, currently reside in Portland, Oregon.
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How do you talk about ‘God the father’ with fatherless youth?
“My children call me ‘poppa,’ because I don’t even like the word ‘dad,’” says Dr. John Sowers. While atheists like to claim that Christians are Christians because they come from Christian homes, perhaps many atheists are atheists because they come from fatherless homes. From Neitzche to Jane’s Addiction, the loss of a father seems to be associated with a disconnect, distrust or disbelief in God. “The image of our earthly fathers often translate.”
What about female to female mentoring?
“The fatherless issue wilts a girl,” says Dr. John Sowers, President of The Mentoring Project. Growing up without a dad leaves a girl’s desire to be noticed, beautiful, and valued unsatisfied. “That’s the thing to overcome: you are valuable, you are beautiful, you are wonderful.”
If I can’t commit to a regular schedule, can I still be a mentor?
“The worst thing you could do as a mentor is to promise to show up and then not,” says Dr. John Sowers, President of The Mentoring Project. One of the most vital attributes of a mentor is their availability, because so often the father figures in their lives are either absent, transient or unreliable. The most effective mentoring relationships last for at least two or three years, because it takes time to develop a strong, lasting friendship.
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