This week we have been engaging the topic of Mentoring, specifically how to choose a mentor. If you have not read through the posts this week, I would highly encourage you to go back and look through them.
How church is modeled out today is very different from the way it was back in the biblical days.
I believe the church is doing it’s best to grasp how to do church, how to be a REAL community, and make disciples of Christ, but there are definitely aspects to discipleship that are not happening as was taught and appealed to us through scripture.
I hope and do believe that most leaders in the church deeply desire authentic community happening regularly, not just on Sunday mornings.
Authenticity, realness, openness, real growth, and pursuit of God are what most might recognize as the core of authentic community, but openness, authenticity is simply the foundation. It’s in discipleship, in mentoring that growth can be pursued.
In life we have 2 avenues for growth, walking through trials and growing through them, or pursuing growth, pursuing knowledge and a relationship that puts you in the seat of the learner.
Mentoring relationships are at the source of what is needed in both avenues.
We have walked through trials, struggles, hard times, but how many walk through them with others lifting them up, helping them to keep their eyes on Jesus through the storm? How many have teachers of life, intentionally speaking life into their circumstances, and interceding for them in prayer?
Fortunately, life is also full of blessings and seasons that could be otherwise mundane, but need gentle reminding to engage and choose growth. That is the role of the mentor: To inspire, to challenge, to lead by example.
Community Groups are widely popular today, and they are good for creating community on many levels, they are providing many opportunities for deep friendship. Community groups do seem to emulate the Acts churches example by the fact they meet in homes with people from their community. They are living in real community together, purposing to be transparent. Mentoring however, as laid out in Titus 2 is also God’s idea for discipleship, yet many Christians today have never been truly mentored, or mentored anyone. Two common scriptures come to mind that impress the impact of mentoring on future generations.