How to Create Safe Spaces

Times are hard. The cultural and social climate in America right now is more polarized than I have ever seen in my adult life. Everything is political. And when everything is political, people can easily forget how to respond in a civil manner. Without thinking, we can become angry or defensive, be too passive or aggressive or both, we quickly forget that there is more than one way to respond, conclude, or think about things, and we most certainly can forget the characteristic of compassion. This is what life is like in America right now.

The toxic environment of name calling, shouting, and ignoring the other has now become the norm, and that toxicity has infiltrated the church. At a time when it could be healing to draw near to others, as we draw near to Christ, we are actually pulling away and retreating to the places where we feel most comfortable, or worse, to the lonely place of isolation because we simply don’t want to deal with others.

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False Starts

Mentoring Mondays

I had the pleasure of enjoying fellowship with a small group of women this weekend. We talked about “Mentor for Life,” the church and culture, learning how to love, and the importance of training leaders. Several questions came back to this basic concern, “I want to follow Jesus, and those around me want to follow Jesus, we just don’t know what to do about making disciples. We don’t know how to encourage or equip others to follow Jesus.”
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Is mentoring for everyone?

Recently, I hosted a webinar on creating a leadership pipeline for men and women in your church. Due to time limitations I was not able to answer all of the questions posed during the learning session. Over the next few weeks, I’ll be answering these pertinent questions on Mentoring Mondays.

Today’s question is: Is mentoring as intentional discipleship for everyone in the local church or just for potential leaders?

Mentor for Life Book Cover

Mentoring as intentional discipleship is for everyone in the local church. However, since many people either have not been intentionally discipled themselves or don’t know how to intentionally disciple others, I recommend starting with potential leaders. Additionally, you must be aware that not everyone in your local church will make the mentoring commitment. Do not let that deter you from what you have been called to do, mainly to make disicples. Let all who are willing come.

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