I have become convinced that one of the greatest needs for world mission today is for faithful mentoring of leaders. Actually, I don't think the big thing is for me to teach others from my vast stores of wisdom. No. The stores aren't all that vast. Rather, I believe that the best way for me to mentor is just to walk alongside someone a
s they pursue the calling of God on their lives.
More and more, I'm finding the fulfillment of my own vision and calling as I stand behind and with other sisters and brothers who are passionate about the Kingdom.
But let me move right into sharing my mentoring pattern.
The Basic Idea
Essentially, this is all about letting a conversation unfold between myself and the leader I am mentoring. I really just need to know what God is saying to them and what God is doing in and through them. Then, I just get involved in that and help amplify that voice. This literally is accomplished through regular conversations -- about monthly. During the conversation, we talk and hang out as normal people, pray and may talk about Scripture. However, the primary focus is on three words:
1. Ebenezer (1 Sam. 7) - I want to know where they are right now. How far has the Lord brought them? What can we give thanks for? And based on all of that, what does immediate obedience look like. Here is the specific question I ask:
Based on what you sense the Lord calling
you to do and what it will take for you to be obedient to his calling right
now, what should you do and what should be accomplished during the next 3-4
months? (List several specific goals.)
2. Yahweh Yireh (Gen. 22) - I want to know what we should be praying for. Based on that present sense of calling and what obedience entails, there are definitely some things for which we must pray. Specifcally, I am asking:
As you walk in obedience right now, you are
praying for specific fruit to result.
What specific manifestations of the reign of Christ do you expect and
hope to see in the next 6 months?
3. Kingdom Advance (Matthew 11) - Finally, since we are Kingdom people and the Kingdom is advancing always, we can expect tangible expressions of the Kingdom. So, I want to know what that vision is. If God answers all our prayers and makes our dreams come true, what would that look like? Here is the question:
God is developing a vision in your heart as you obey his calling and pray for his Kingdom to come. What does that vision look like? From where you stand right now, if that vision becomes a reality, what will it look like?
I hope it is obvious that the real power in this pattern is consistency and relationship. I have attempted something like this before but failed on those two fronts. But, I believe this can be very adaptable for many kinds of Kingdom workers. Right now, I am using the pattern for church planters, coffee shop managers, and agricultural workers.
Also, I think knowing your capacity is important. I'm focusing on the number 12 as a key for me. I think I can meet monthly with 12 leaders face-to-face. I think I can add another 12 leaders to meet with remotely (like via WhatsApp or Skype).
Finally, it is extremely important to me that this is memorable and easy to learn. I want those I mentor to mentor others who will mentor others. It's about the Kingdom, so it must be comprehensive.