In 2000, Regi Campbell picked eight young men whom he believed to have a lot of potential. He invited them to his home and told them he’d meet with them three hours each month if they’d show up for every meeting and be there on time. He’d be totally open and transparent with them, telling them everything about his successes and his failures. His personal life . . . his business life . . . relationships . . . no holes barred. He would share the books he’d read. He’d have them memorize Scriptures that had helped him in his walk. But they’d all have to agree from the outset that at some point in the future when they were ready, they would “pay it forward” and invest in younger men just as he had.
The results have been profound.
“Graduates” have become elders in the church, small group leaders, and significant givers. Their wives say they’ve become better husbands and fathers. A few men have gone into these groups “foggy” about their faith and come out knowing for sure they are Christians.
It’s not magic.
In fact, it’s not even new. It’s simply an extension of what Jesus did as he mentored His disciples two thousand years ago. He poured His life into them and then sent them out to do the same. The results changed the world forever.
Mentoring is fueled by a sold-out follower of Jesus Christ with a desire to teach “up-and-coming” leaders how to integrate their faith into every facet of life. Information, even brought to life with inspiration, doesn’t lead to transformation. It takes a committed disciple “rubbing” the truth into another’s life as they walk together.
Radical Mentoring has evolved into a well-thought-out, transferable multiplication strategy. Several of our elders at North Point lead RM groups and mentoring has become an important part of their life and ministry.
Years and years ago, someone reached out and invested in me as a mentor. The impact of that mentor’s involvement in my growth can’t be measured. Since then, I’ve been blessed to have a series of mentors, men who have cared about me and poured their cups into mine. If you look back, you’ve probably had some men pour their cups into yours too.
Now it’s our turn.
Question: Who are you investing in?
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