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If you want to create a discipleship culture in your church, you will have to learn how to connect your mentors with the people who need help.

Key Points:

  • A handoff is when you connect someone who needs a mentor with someone who can mentor.
  • How to make a handoff:
    • Sell the idea to the person who needs help.
    • Prep the mentor by explaining the need.
    • Meet (with the mentor and mentee) and make the handoff.
      • Listen for the need.
      • Recommend a 101 series. (Find them on Start Pages.)
      • Ask for a commitment.
    • Follow up.

Quote This:

Ephesians 4:11-12 Now these are the gifts Christ gave to the church: the apostles, the prophets, the evangelists, and the pastors and teachers. Their responsibility is to equip God’s people to do his work and build up the church, the body of Christ.

See Also: Discipleship Culture

Talk About It
  1. What is your initial reaction to this video? What jumped out at you?
  2. How many people are you directly trying to lead right now? How is it working for you? On a scale of 1-10, how stressed are you as a pastor?
  3. On average, how many people do you connect with for pastoral care each week? In the long run, is it helping them? Give some specific examples.
  4. How would a handful of trustworthy mentors impact your church? How would it impact your personal ministry schedule? Answer these questions for other areas of ministry in your church.
  5. Do you think it would work to do the “handoff” as described above? Why or why not?
  6. Make a short list of people you would like to equip as mentors. Talk about a strategy to train them and connect them through handoffs.

This is part of the Pastoring 101 series.