I believe that every young pastor needs a mentor, and every experienced pastor should become one. But just what is mentoring?
Leadership expert and Focus on the Family board member Bob Biehl has authored a booklet with Jerry MacGregor and Glen Urquhart entitled Mentoring — How to Find a Mentor and How to Become One (LF206). In it, Bobb says, "Mentoring is making available the mentor's personal strength, resources and network (friendships/contacts) to help a protegé reach his or her goals." The important aspect of mentoring is not using a protegé to accomplish the mentor's goals. Rather, it is a process by which the one being mentored becomes all that he of she should be.
What makes a good mentor? How do you select a protegé? Perhaps the following guidelines will prove helpful.
On a personal note, I can point to several people in my three decades of ministry who have been mentors to me, who have walked me through some very difficult times. They were models, yes, but more than that, they were mentors. They took a personal interest in me, wanting to use my resources and to succeed in maximizing my own strengths.
Would you like to be a mentor? Do you need a mentor? I believe great fulfillment can come to any of you who choose to invest in the life of another. Bobb Biehl reminds us that "Mentoring is not a complex subject, but in our opinion, it is the single most important element in the advancement of Christian leadership for the twenty-first century."
If you're interested in this subject, if you want to more intentionally move toward finding a mentor or becoming one, feel free to write: Mr. Bobb Biehl, Masterplanning Group International, P.O. Box 952499, Lake Mary, FL 32795.
Ever feel like you need to wear a mask to cover up who you are? Are you concerned that, if people knew who you really are and how you really felt, they wouldn't understand?
One minister, two jobs and the family that's at the top of the list. The number of bivocational ministers, those in full- or part-time ministry who carry an additional job, is estimated by some researchers to be as high as 30 percent of ministers nationwide.
"You should see the church they attend," Lucille said, armed with bulletin and newsletter. Creases formed across my brow as celebration gave way to comparisons a trap that had sprung too many times.