Scot McKnight has been doing a series of posts asking pastors to reflect back on what they would do differently if they could start all over again. My reply to his question is posted here. My point on the post, over at Scot’s blog, is that “one on one,” “life on life” leadership mentorship was never really on my radar until just recently in the history of my ministry. I certainly did it, with a few ministers in training. But I never considered it so strategic as I do now. I have seen the impact and the power of it in the ministry of some of my fellow ministers at LOV. The goal is to give away power, invest in others’ giftings, equip the rest of the church for leadership and ministry. There is this incredible energy that springs forth into the church that is both organic and decentralizing that takes the church outward. Of course there are other questions here that need to be discussed. This is time intensive. How do pastors manage their time? What does this look like?
Someone asked what does this look like in the comments on the post. I liked Georges Boujakly’s comment in return. He pointed to Greg Ogden’s Discipleship Essentials and said the time that is spent in one on one “is spent doing life together, dealing with life issues as they arise weekly, helping with struggles, answering questions that arise from the lessons they do weekly in Discipleship Essentials.” He pointed to Scot’s Jesus Creed as another resource.
Thanks Scot for the effort to organize this great series over at your blog.