Discipleship & Mentors
“Can one blind person lead another? Won’t they both fall into a ditch? Students are not greater than their teacher. But the student who is fully trained will become like the teacher.” (Luke 6:39-40)
Mentorship begins with a quality decision to invest in the life of another. We mentor in order to contribute to another person’s development and, in a specific way, sacrifice time, energy and resources for a mission that lasts until the agreed upon completion date arrives, the mentor steps aside and the one mentored steps forward.
To “make disciples” is to mentor; to mentor is to train and to train is to prepare. Preparation includes an expectation of great possibilities that come with being fully trained. This training teaches a foundation of daily devotional time with the Lord – the amount of time varies, depending upon how much time is available but consistency is a disciple’s most important consideration. Devotional time is first relational and a function of grace, not law.
Bring four things with you: 1) God’s Word and 2) supportive reading to stir vision, 3) fervent prayers and intercessions, and 4) something representative of your financial resources—your money, wallet, check book, financial statement—any visual that connects to the Spirit’s direction for your giving (tithes and offerings, amount and to whom), and management of everything else.
Adopted from Shirley Weaver’s Devotional