In a recent sermon, Andy explained how the church today has shifted Jesus’ invitation of “follow me” to the simpler “believe in me.” When Jesus invited the disciples to “follow me,” fisherman and tax collectors alike dropped their nets and left their families. Then, as they journeyed together, Jesus showed them what it looked like to follow Him by transparently modeling His faith, teaching them along the way of life, and then finally asking them to do the same thing for others. And the world was never the same.
So, what’s changed? Churches today do a good job explaining what they believe and inviting people to believe in Jesus. But they don’t always emphasize what it looks like to follow Jesus in the world today. Sunday sermons and programs that dive deep into what we believe are great, and adding new believers is definitely a big deal. But if we want people to follow Jesus in their day-to-day lives, we need to show them how, just as Jesus did. You’ve probably heard someone say, “leadership is caught, not taught,” and I think the same applies here. The best way to help believers follow Jesus is modeling, and one of the most potent ways to model how to follow Jesus is intentional mentoring.
Now, of course, Bible studies matter, small groups matter, and Sunday mornings matter. But mentoring is the lab that allows valuable Bible lessons to come to life and get tested in the real world. Mentoring matters because Jesus did it, and He instructed us to do it too. So, mentors, keep it up, you’re doing important work. We’re here for you.
Shameless plug, but if you’re interested in small group mentoring and haven’t read Regi Campbell’s Mentor Like Jesus, we highly recommend it. It dives into the why behind the Radical Mentoring approach to mentoring. If you need 5+ copies, you can get a bulk discount here, or if you just need one copy go here to get the book.
Through their transparency, mentors are the embodiment of the Christian life. They make their lives observable and accessible to their mentees. As spiritual fathers, mentors help their mentees see how a fully alive Jesus-follower lives.
If you’re ready to jump into this mentoring thing, watch RM founder Regi Campbell break down the mentoring season, from Kickoff to Commencement, and every stop in between. He provides context and covers the things you won’t want to miss about each element.Remove featured image
Maybe you’re on board with the idea of mentoring, but you’re not sure who to mentor. When we think about mentoring, we usually visualize an older person meeting with a younger one. But how much older? This blog post lays out some helpful guidelines for you to follow.
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