Great leaders are introspective. They know their strengths and their areas in need of improvement. They are not afraid to ask for help, and they know when and who to ask when it is needed. This level of introspection comes with wisdom and experience. It also comes when we surround ourselves with a great team of people.
Great leaders know how to work. Over the past few months, I have been leading meetings for my nonprofit, Leadership LINKS Inc. When I ask our leadership team what they like about being a part of the organization, one of the consistent responses is, “We get stuff done.” Whether you are leading a nonprofit organization, planting a church, ministering to college students, launching a new ministry or planning vacation Bible school, you must get stuff done.
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We are continuing our mentoring series with the topic “Mentor for Peace.”
Don’t miss out on Parts 1 through 3: Mentoring 101: Freedom, Mentoring 102: Mentor for Joy, and Mentoring 103: Love.
Let’s review some basics:
What is mentoring?
Mentoring is a trusted partnership where people share wisdom that fosters spiritual growth and leads to transformation, as mentors and mentees grow in their love of Christ, knowledge of self, and love of others.
If we adopt the view that mentoring fosters spiritual growth that compels us to follow Jesus Christ, and that it leads us to surrender to the change needed for spiritual maturity, then we are led to the following conclusion about the relationship between mentoring and discipleship:
- God’s kingdom purposes for mentorship and discipleship are one and the same. The words can be used synonymously when any Christian assumes the responsibility of influence in the life of another.
- As Christians, when we mentor others, our primary purpose is to make disciples of Christ and to show them how they can make disciples of Christ.
To put it simply, mentoring is intentional discipleship.
When we think about mentoring as intentional discipleship, we come to understand that mentoring is both theological and relational. The relationship aspect of mentoring—specifically the relationships that humans have with each other—is where we will turn our attention today.
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There are a few words that have become attached to me over the past years. I cling to them, exhume them, and force them to come alive in my own life until they become a part of me. “Intentional” is definitely one of those words. Far too often people have good intentions. We all want to live our best life now. We want to lose a few pounds. We want to go back to school one day. We want to get our finances in order. We want to live and pursue our dreams. We all want to love and be loved by someone.
Yet we go through life completing the same routines every day. We eat the same stuff, read the same material, watch the same shows, and listen to the same voices (in our head and outside of it). We watch the days go by and let life happen to us. That’s a passive way of living, and it does not get us the results that we desire. If we truly want to live free, then we must intentionally make choices that put us on another life course. Spiritual retreats are great opportunities to pause and reflect, and then hit the reset button on life.
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