Do you have a mentor? I’ve always envied guys who talk about their ministry mentors. There have been a few pastors and Christian friends that have played this role in my life, but I always wished it could have been more consistent.
The one exception was a guy named Jason. After I graduated Boyce College, I was going through some questions about my calling to ministry. It was a dark time for me. My wife and I were active in our church, but we really struggled to connect with others.
I’m not sure how it began, but Jason started meeting with me occasionally to encourage me and to pray together. He was on staff at the church and a Ph.D student at Southern. He got me involved in a small group and eventually asked me to lead it. God used his influence to clarify that I should go back to SBTS and start another degree.
During his last semester in Louisville, we meet every-other-week. We basically talked, prayed and looked to the Bible for guidance. Looking back, those were some of the most fruitful times of discipleship in my life. About 6 months later, God brought me to my current church to serve full time on staff.
That was the only mentor I’ve known in my Christian life. I’m writing all this because I doubt my experience is unique. I’d like to hear from you.
- Do you have anyone mentoring you?
- Do you have someone that you’re trying to mentor?
- What can churches and seminaries do to help?
UPDATE: Tonight I ran across some Southern bloggers writing about mentors, I wanted to add them to the post as a reference. Thanks for all the great feedback.
- Pastor: Take the Young Ones Under Your Wings by Dustin Benge
- Memoirs of a Mentor by Courtney Tarter
- O Brother, Where Art Thou? How Older Southern Baptists Can Mentor the Younger Generation by Trevin Wax
- In Honor of My Mentor by Gretchen
- Older Women Mentoring Younger Women by Susan Hunt (Mp3 Via CBMW)