- Basics - Learning how to read and study the Bible, pray, and to share their faith.
- Community - Making church attendance a habit and joining a Bible study group.
- Service - Finding a place to serve.
- Spiritual Disciplines - Practicing Bible-based spiritual disciplines.
Assign a Mentor
Did Jesus Mentor?
Although the term mentoring is not used in Scripture, Jesus did train His 12 disciples using an apprenticeship approach that involved mentoring.
Robert E. Coleman documents Jesus' approach to training in his book The Master Plan of Evangelism. A. B. Bruce, in The Teaching of the Twelve does the same. Both writers confirm that Jesus practiced what we would call mentoring.
Where to Start?
Let's start simply.
First, choose three people that can help you develop a mentoring plan. Jesus taught the 12, but He mentored three - Peter, James, and John. If you are the senior pastor, you do not have time to mentor the members of your congregation. But you can make time to train three. These three can focus on mentoring new believers and others in the congregation.
These three should be people that have a heart for others. They also should be spiritually mature or at least growing in their faith.
Second, when you first meet with the three, get them to help you develop a formal mentoring program. You want your three to own this program, so get them involved from the beginning.
Focus on the basics, the need of community, how and where people can serve, and the essential disciplines every believer must master. Map it out but keep it simple. It should all fit on one page.
If you still feel uncertain, a newer resource is The Mentoring Church: How Pastors and Congregations Cultivate Leaders by Phil A. Newton. Newton's book will help you create a mentoring method that will ultimately lead to leadership development.
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