• Our hope-filled future is bound up in sharing the story of Jesus, in discipling others, in bringing those disciples together into communities of believers, and in developing and releasing those believers to create other communities... till Jesus the King comes again!

Community (&) mentoring

It’s funny how the Lord can keep bringing up in conversation a topic on which you have been reflecting for some time.  Talking with some fellow colleagues last night, we got on the subject of what needs new workers were voicing after their initial years in ministry.  What they were hearing as they traveled around was that new workers desired community and mentoring.  Many felt alone in ministry; launched out, if you will, on an exciting adventure, yet with no one to share with or talk through the joys and struggles.  Many longed for spiritual input from experienced workers that would help them better navigate the journey of life and ministry. 

A Mobilization Project plan is a good thing to spur us all on to praying and working towards mobilizing more workers into God’s harvest.  However, that is only one of the shifts that need to occur within our World Team culture.  We must re-establish community as a lived out core value, and give of our time to mentor new workers stepping into ministry.  An outgrowth would be community whereby mutual mentoring would begin to occur between new and experienced workers.  Maybe then, we would create a model of community more easily multiplied.

4 Responses

  1. Just wondering; do you know if those mentioned as “alone in ministry” have ASKED for the missed community and mentoring? The fellows I’m mentoring now each approached me; they tell me it wasn’t easy but they are glad they did it. A small group Beth & I were part of for years launched when a couple was required (by sending church) to start it IF they were to remain on the field; we joined for them…but were much served and blessed ourselves.

    • Good question. Can’t really say as the comment came from others who were in dialogue with people in different places. I appreciate though your emphasis on the pro-active approach that many take to seek that community. And I am encouraged that experienced workers like yourselves were open to enter into that community and be an encouragement (as well as be encouraged) by these people.

  2. I personally think that pro-activeness should come from both the potential mentor and from those needing mentoring. Someone has to take the initiative.

    • Excellent. Steve Moore at a Leaderlink conference in FL said that leaders should be making it known to others that they would be willing to mentor them, not in a prideful kind of way, but just making others aware that they would be willing to set aside time to give to others. And then wait and see who responds. That would be one example of a pro-active stance on the part of a leader/mentor.

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