Joy El Barnabas Coordinator Writes Guide to Spiritual Mentoring

Stephanie Ziebarth once dreamed of being an author but, influenced by someone in her own life, the University of Minnesota journalism major entered ministry and focused on mentorship.

After more than 15 years as the Barnabas Mentor Coordinator at Joy El Generation/Joy El Camps & Retreats near Williamson, she used her writing skills in the book “Invest Yourself: A Guidebook for Spiritual Mentoring”.

“I dropped the idea of ​​writing a book a long time ago,” Ziebarth said. “It’s kind of fun that God provided this opportunity to bring the two interests together in this project.”

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A book release event will take place from 6.30pm to 8.30pm on Tuesday June 28 at Joy El, 3741 Joy El Drive, Greencastle. A signing session and the program will begin at 7 p.m. A virtual launch is scheduled for 8 p.m. on Monday, July 11.

“I’m interested in providing a useful tool that will help people grow in their faith and make a positive difference in the world around them – as well as for eternity,” Ziebarth said.

Learning to be a mentor

Barnabas mentors are involved with youth in Joy El’s 4.12 leadership program. Through one-on-one discipleship, they walk alongside students in grades 8-12 as they mature spiritually on their faith journey.

“They have the privilege and opportunity to pour all that God has put into them into a teenager’s life,” according to the description of the Barnabas program on Joy El’s website.

“Early on, I decided I needed to create a training manual for mentors who couldn’t attend the on-site training. Some of the program’s students and mentors hail from as far away as Florida, Tennessee and New York,” said Ziebarth, whose husband, Aaron, is Joy El’s CEO.

Stephanie Ziebarth

“Over the years, my husband and I have received frequent requests for copies of the mentoring manual,” she explained. “I’ve always said, ‘Of course, and that will give you all the general principles, but it’s geared towards our specific program.’ The resounding response was, “You should post this for a general audience.

“We considered it in prayer for many years and finally felt the time was right to do so,” Ziebarth said. This is her first book, but she has had other works included in anthologies.

“Invest Yourself” is a concise and practical 88-page guide intended to equip readers to get started in mentoring. It includes appendices covering topics such as lesson plans, special considerations when mentoring high school students, and how to find someone to mentor.

“It’s for Christians who want to make a positive, lasting difference in the world and are interested in meaningful relationships,” Ziebarth said. “A friend of mine in the publishing industry says it’s perfect for young adults looking for purpose and deeper relationships, but it’s been enjoyed, tested, and tried by readers of all ages.”

About the Ziebarth family

“I’m not trying to ‘become famous’ through this book. I’m very happy to be living a quiet, but meaningful life,” Ziebarth said.

She and her husband have lived in Greencastle for around 20 years and have three children. The eldest is married and lives in Minneapolis, the other two live in Greencastle and the youngest will be a senior at Greencastle-Antrim High School this fall.

Like their parents, the children have been very involved in Joy El, as well as in the community, including the triennial celebration of Old House Week.

This year, Stephanie Ziebarth will be one of the readings at the Old Home Week community worship music event “Jesus, He Is Worthy,” with performances at 4 p.m. and 6:45 p.m. on Sunday, August 7 at Greencastle High School. -Antrim. Hall.

Shawn Hardy is a reporter for Gannett’s Franklin County newspapers in south-central Pennsylvania – Echo Pilot in Greencastle, The Record Herald in Waynesboro, and Public Opinion in Chambersburg. She has over 35 years of journalism experience. Contact her at [email protected]

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