I remember when I was exploring the whole question of leadership, I was given this sound advice. ‘Spend time with good people.’ I have done this over a period of 20 years or so with different ‘good people’ with various gifts and ministries. It is vital to be alongside more mature Christians to learn from and be accountable to, to prevent being a spiritual ‘loose cannon.’
It is also important for mature Christians to be mentors, to train, encourage and support younger Christians in the faith. The church family usually has Christians of all stages in it so this pattern of support is available.
Mike Breen of the Network City Church in Sheffield has devised a simple way of teaching of passing on skills to people. It is in the form of a square, with 4 sides.
Side 1 – I do, you watch
Side 2 – I do, you help
Side 3 – you do, I help
Side 4 – you do, I watch
A simple but steady progression of learning with encouragement to gain confidence and independence.
I am using this process at my church with a lady who is daily growing in the Lord. It is a joy and privilege to watch her develop her skills and serve the Lord in the family and safe environment of the church.
So here’s the question – Who is mentoring you? Who are you mentoring?
1 Thessalonians 5 v11-21
Therefore encourage one another and build each other up, just as in fact you are doing. Now we ask you, brothers, to respect those who work hard among you, who are over you in the Lord and who admonish you. Hold them in the highest regard in love because of their work. Live in peace with each other. And we urge you, brothers, warn those who are idle, encourage the timid, help the weak, be patient with everyone. Make sure that nobody pays back wrong for wrong, but always try to be kind to each other and to everyone else.
Be joyful always; pray continually; give thanks in all circumstances, for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus. Do not put out the Spirit’s fire; do not treat prophecies with contempt. Test everything. Hold on to the good.