Wisdom for Finding a Mentor

I am cooking up a lot of projects behind the scenes! One of them is the SheGrows Conference.

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The purpose of the SheGrows conference is to inspire women across generations to enter into mentoring relationships and invest in the next generation. I’m joined on the platform by the conference’s visionary, author and speaker, Laurie Polich Short, and speaker and advocate, Brooklyn Lindsey.   This is a conference series that is coming to city near you! We are heading to St. Louis this weekend, and appreciate your prayers. In the meantime, please visit the SheGrows Conference website to see how we can be of service to your church or community.

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Today, I’m sharing my first piece “Wisdom for Finding a Mentor” from Propel Sophia.

For me, mentoring started when I walked out the gate of my college campus and knocked on her door. That’s when Mary welcomed me into her heart and her home. She taught me how to love Jesus, study his Word, and walk in the Way. Then she prepared me to do the same for others. As a small group leader, Marine Corps officer, seminary lecturer, consultant, and parent, I have entered into many mentoring relationships over the years. I have been blessed by those who committed to mentoring me, and have, in turn, mentored others at various stages of their life or leadership journey. As someone who has written and coached extensively on mentoring, the question I’m most often asked is, “How do I find a mentor?”

This question meets a basic need and that’s why we need to ask. We all need companionship and wise spiritual counsel on this journey called life. From the beginning, God said it was not good for humans to be alone. The presence of mentors in our lives meets critical emotional, physical, and spiritual needs. The primary way we connect with mentors is by asking—either we ask someone to mentor us or they ask to become our mentor.

Asking may be difficult, but it is part of God’s pattern for us. When the disciples wanted to know how to pray, they asked Jesus (Luke 11:1). Jesus taught and modeled for his disciples the importance of asking the Father to meet our needs.

Asking can be complicated, too: When James was writing a letter to the early Christians, he warned them that sometimes they don’t get what they ask for because they ask with the wrong motives (James 4:3).

Continue reading at Propel Sophia.

You’re Invited: Let’s Talk Mentoring!

Greeting folks,

Over the past year and a half, I have had the wonderful opportunity to share the message of mentoring as intentional discipleship with the world (literally).

Now, I’m bringing the discussion back home.

For the first time next month, I’ll be hosting a 6-week online book discussion of “Mentor for Life: Finding Purpose through Intentional Discipleship.” This opportunity begins on Tuesday, February 20th (time: 9:00-10:00 am est). It is free and available to the public.

You can participate in this discussion via video or phone conference (your choice). Log-in details will be provided upon registration.

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Those local to the Triad, North Carolina area can participate in a more in-depth discussion on Monday nights beginning February 19, 2018 (Time: 7:00-8:30 pm est). Again, this opportunity is free and available to the public.

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Pre-registration is required. Use this link to register and find out more details: https://goo.gl/kBrHNo 

What people have said about “Mentor for Life”:

“Bold and wise, Mentor for Life is an intentional discipleship guide for the women who officially or unofficially lead others. With refreshing boldness, this book trains and equips leaders for a great purpose.”

Sarah Bessey, author of “Out of Sorts: Making Peace with an Evolving Faith” and “Jesus Feminist”

“Spiritual growth is something we do by ourselves and is between us and God.” That’s a very American thought, but actually it has nothing to do with biblical Christianity. Natasha Sistrunk Robinson explains clearly, not only why Christians need to mentor and be mentored, but how to best go about it. The information in “Mentor for Life” will revolutionize your spiritual life.”

Shane Blackshear, Host of Podcast: Seminary Dropout, ShaneBlackshear.com

“With clear focus on Jesus’ priorities, Natasha leads us to love God, to love others and to make disciples.   She demonstrates that this kind of growth and maturity in the child of God happens best in a mentoring relationship.  Foundational reasoning and practical teaching and examples make this a fabulous tool for any church or ministry desiring to build multiplying disciples.”

Judy Douglass, Global Leadership and Director, Women’s Resources, Cru

“Natasha Sistrunk Robinson is a truth-teller and the truth is, we need truth-tellers. In her book, Mentor for Life: Finding Purpose through Intentional Discipleship, you will encounter a fundamental truth: We all need mentors as we make our way through this messy complicated world.  Read this book and be encouraged.”

Dr. Frank A. James III, President, Biblical Theological Seminary

In her book, Mentor for Life: Finding Purpose Through Intentional Discipleship, Natasha Robinson carefully sets forth a very powerful and practical way that this is done. While it is written with women primarily in mind, it is a welcome gift for the whole Body of Christ.”

Bishop (Dr.) Claude Alexander, Jr., Senior Pastor of The Park Church in Charlotte, NC

Check out these other raving reviews on Amazon!

Now you can join in the conversation. Invite your book club, small group, Bible study, and friend to join in the fun. I look forward to connecting with you soon.

Blessings, Natasha

 

 

Special Announcement: Preparing to Mentor Well

Special Announcement: Preparing to Mentor Well

I’m back for Mentoring Monday!

Over the past 1 ½ years, I have been traveling across the country and the world sharing the kingdom message of mentoring as intentional discipleship. I have been overjoyed to hear the impact that my first book, Mentor for Life: Finding Purpose through Intentional Discipleship has made and is making in the daily lives of people—including transformation in the ways they live, love God, love others, and minister in their local context.

Me sharing “Mentor for Life” with students in Rwanda this summer, and providing leadership training to women in Nigeria this fall. 

I wrote that book out of my own personal mentoring experiences and from the mentoring ministry that I was leading in my local church. It is my hope and prayer that it continues to convict, encourage, and help people prioritize God’s kingdom mission of making disciples of all nations. Most people do not know that at the same time that I was writing the book, I was also compiling material to prepare leaders to mentor well. The result of this work is the “Mentor for Life Leader’s Training Manual.

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