There are countless reasons why Christians don’t mentor or make disciples.
Many Christians have not cultivated a holistic faith that extends beyond what happens in their personal relationship with God, or beyond a church building on Sunday mornings.
Some have not been discipled well, or received adequate training to lead.
There are older believers who incorrectly conclude that they don’t have much to offer, or fear that their weaknesses will find them out.
Young people know that they need mentoring but oftentimes don’t have the cross generational influences to enter into intimate relationships with wiser faith companions.
Mentoring and making disciples is a commitment. And let’s face it, we are all guilty of simply being too busy or self-absorbed with our own lives, families, school, and careers, to think about the priorities of God’s kingdom, or sacrificially investing in the lives of others.
Churches are filled with good ministry programming—classes, outreach events, and an endless selection of activities. Yet many neglect the fundamental mission of the church: mentor-based discipleship.Churches are filled with good ministry programming... Yet many neglect mentor-based discipleship. Click To Tweet
The cost of this neglect is dire for individual souls, broken families, distraught communities, and dying congregations.
Mentoring: A Commitment that Multiplies
But there is a good news! You, yes all of you, can confront these concerns and more by making a commitment to mentor and multiply for God’s kingdom.
In her recent release, Mentor for Life: Finding Purpose Through Intentional Discipleship, Missio Alliance Writing Team member and author, Natasha Sistrunk Robinson, challenges Christians to accept the mission of mentoring for God’s kingdom.
Robinson is a graduate of the United States Naval Academy and Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary, Charlotte (cum laude, M.A. Christian Leadership). She has served as an officer in the United States Marine Corps and a federal employee of the Department of Homeland Security. With over fifteen years of leadership and mentoring experience, she generously shares wisdom that is biblical, relational, and practical to help Christians at various places on their Christian journey. Connect with Natasha via her official website, her blog, Twitter, or Facebook.
Robinson presents a unique model of mentoring as intentional discipleship, which includes a small, diverse learning community (not one-on-one relationships). She encourages readers to mentor and multiply across generations using a holistic and progressive framework of:
1. Knowing and Loving God, 2. Affirming our Identity in Christ, and 3. Loving our Neighbors.
This model is deeply theological following the example of Jesus and the Twelve, and ethical, challenging her readers to right practice that extends from this biblical knowledge.
We are only able to truly find our purpose when our lives are rooted in God’s kingdom priorities.
Come participate in this free webinar and learn:
- What are the six commitments of mentoring?
- How does right thinking produce right action, and vice versa?
- How can mentoring relationships help us with the cultural, racial, ethical, and gender divisions in the Body of Christ and in our nation?
- How can you and your church prioritize discipleship?
- How can mentoring as intentional discipleship become a leadership training laboratory for your congregation or leadership team?