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Inaugural national conference with focus on mentoring is planned in Oklahoma City

The Long Live Mentoring Conference, hosted by The Mentoring Project, will be July 25-26 in Oklahoma City.
by Carla Hinton Published: July 12, 2014

The leader of a faith-based mentoring organization said about 1,500 people have been through its mentoring training since the agency opened an Oklahoma City office in 2012.

Now John Sowers, co-founder of The Mentoring Project, said the city will become the “epicenter” of the national mentoring movement through the Long Live Mentoring Conference set for July 25-26 at Frontline Church, 1104 N Robinson.

Sowers, 40, said The Mentoring Project’s mission is to connect adult mentors with youths who need them. He said the organization focuses on recruiting male mentors because the need is great for such role models in the lives of young boys.

About six mentor training events have been held in the Oklahoma City area in the past two years, and newly recruited mentors subsequently have been sent to organizations in need of them, he said.

Sowers, author of “The Heroic Path: In Search of the Masculine Heart,” said the idea for the national faith-based mentoring conference was birthed as he and other leaders with The Mentoring Project thought it would be good to form a mentoring community among people and groups focused on the issue.

He said other conferences include The Justice Conference, an international conference focusing on biblical and social justice issues, and Catalyst, a national conference focusing on developing a new generation of church leaders. Like those gatherings, Sowers said he envisioned like-minded faith leaders and faith-based groups joining together to explore mentoring.

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by Carla Hinton
Religion Editor
Carla Hinton, an Oklahoma City native, joined The Oklahoman in 1986 as a National Society of Newspaper Editors minority intern. She began reporting full-time for The Oklahoman two years later and has served as a beat writer covering a wide...
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Long Live Mentoring Conference

When: June 25-26.

Where: Frontline Church, 1104 N Robinson.

Cost: $175 for both days; $100 for July 26 only. To request a conference scholarship, send email to



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