Everyone needs to be a Paul, a Barnabas, and a Timothy at some point in their lives.
Look Around – Peer Mentoring: Barnabas spoke up for Paul when everyone else only saw the old Saul.
- He believed in Paul before anyone else did
- He endorsed Paul’s leadership to other leaders
- He empowered Paul to reach his potential
Who will you be a Barnabas to today?
Look Ahead – Classical Mentoring: Paul loved the church at Thessalonica like a parent loves a child. As Paul mentored his “children,” he developed a parental, coaching relationship with them. In 1 Thessalonians 2:7-12 he describes this relationship in these words:
- A gentle, nurturing mother
- Shared good news and his very life
- Worked hard not to be a burden
- Strove to be an example
- Dealt with them as a father deals with his children
- Encouraged them to live up to their potential as God’s children
Is there a “Paul” that you looking up to today?
Look Behind – Reverse Mentoring: Young leaders have a powerful message for older leaders – but are we willing to listen? One pastor was heard to say “every day I get a little more disconnected unless I intentionally work at staying connected. We live in a plug and play world, which poses a problem for many of my peers who are hard-wired. They need what only the next generation can give: connectedness.” Here’s the world that younger generation lives in:
- I love media, but I trust my friends
- I am aware of broadcasting, but I trust narrowcasting
- I spend money, but I trust art
- I respect excellence, but I trust authenticity
- I resist church, but I trust Jesus
Who is someone “reverse mentoring” you today?
(from a previous series on Mentoring, while I am away on vacation)