The personal touch required for building an infrastructure for a discipleship culture in your church is all about mentors: individual disciple-makers who help people pursue God. Mentors provide the personal touch needed for a discipleship culture. The idea of mentoring may sound strange to people at first, but in the end it will revolutionize your church culture.
Mentoring can be used in almost every ministry at your church
Small group leaders can deploy mentors in their groups. Youth mentors can simplify your youth ministry. Marriage mentors are the easiest to deploy. Worship teams, serving teams, and virtually every other area of ministry can benefit from the simple principles of mentoring.
Pastors at church must be committed to marketing this idea
In today’s culture, many church attenders are consumers. Pastors need to teach them a better way to view their faith and their church involvement. Like any marketing campaign, it’ll take time and effort to convince attenders that they can benefit from a mentor… and that they can help others by becoming one.
Marketing this truth will frustrate everyone if mentors are not equipped
Connecting people to mentors who don’t understand our resources and the simple Mentor Method will frustrate everyone and destroy the powerful tool of mentoring.
Equip mentors through a replicating mentoring ministry
Start with a handful of mentors. Train them well with our Mentor Training series. Then empower them to train the next mentors the same way, and the discipleship culture in your church will outlast you.
- Watch the video together or invite someone to summarize the topic.
- What is your initial reaction to this video? Do you disagree with any of it? What jumped out at you?
- What comes to mind when you think of the word “mentor”? Describe a mentoring relationship that you’ve experienced.
- List a few issues that would be more helpful to talk about with a mentor than with a small group.
- How would a handful of trustworthy marriage mentors impact your church? How would it impact your personal ministry schedule? Answer these questions for other areas of ministry in your church.
- List some of the ways you could sell the idea of mentoring in your church.
- Read 2 Timothy 2:2. Paul was prescribing a replicating mentoring ministry. Do you have one in your church? Do you want one?
- Write a personal action step based on this conversation.