To the Mentee Applicant: 

We are so excited that you have decided to apply/register for next year’s R.E.A.L. Program! We want to let you know about the commitment we are asking for and the reason behind it. Most of us need accountability in our life - our diet, our exercise program, our social media usage, our conversations, and most of all our Spiritual Disciplines. None of these things come naturally to us and we need friends around us to help pull us back in line when needed and to en- courage us when we need that too. We want to be very up front about what this program requires of you, but we also want to let you know that you will get as much out of it as you put into it. With that said, we are excited for you to get so much from the relationships/bonds that will be formed during your year with this group and the Spiritual growth you will have as well.

Here are the biggest commitments that are part of R.E.A.L.-
1. Your group will have 2 monthly meetings of your small group with your Mentor (this will be assigned in January). The main monthly meeting time will last for 3 hours and the possible second meeting during the month will be closer to an hour just as a “touch base” meeting. The second meeting is decided on a per group basis as to whether your group desires to have a second meeting, but most do.

2. We are asking you to commit to personal Bible Study for 5 days a week for the entire year. We anticipate these studies to take approximately 15-30 minutes each day for most of you.

3. We will be having a weekend retreat March 1-3 but the location is not secured. In the past we have rented a cabin in Gatlinburg. The retreat will require you to be away from home 2 nights. This retreat is crucial to the bonding of your group, and you will be asked to share your testimony at the retreat with only your group.

4. There is no cost to being in a group, other than the cost of printed books or audio books that your group may decide to use in addition to the Connect Curriculum. If the cost of these items is ever a hindrance, please let your mentor know and we can provide scholarship for this.

5. The curriculum will walk along side of our Connect Curriculum so that we are all focused on the same Book of Scripture at church. Your group will likely do a deeper Bible Study/ Book along with this to help deepen our understanding of Scripture and its application to our lives.

6. This program is for ALL women of ANY age and circumstance and a great way to study the Word and make relationships with other women in the church! You do NOT need to be a member of Temple Baptist Church to be part of a R.E.A.L. group as a Mentee.

7. If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to ask us and we will answer the best we can at THIS point! You will be asked to sign a covenant stating that you agree to all of the above items which allows your Mentor to hold you accountable in all of these areas.

We are so looking forward to you being part of this great ministry of Temple Baptist Church Women’s Ministry! We are beginning Year 5 and so excited about all God has done through these groups and what He will do this coming year!