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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.
- Making a handoff takes a heavy dose of “marketing,” selling the idea to the person who needs help. Leverage your pastoral equity to normalize it. Ephesians 4:11-12
- Prep the mentor by explaining the need and assigning a category for them to start with. Follow up within 24 hours with the mentee by phone or text.
- If necessary, meet with the mentor and mentee and make the handoff. Do this for up to 4 meetings until the mentor is ready to take the lead.
- Follow up with the mentor for support and ongoing training. This includes helping to discern when the time is right the complete The Pursuit.
- What is your initial reaction to this video? What jumped out at you?
- 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?
- 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.
- 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.
- Do you think it would work to do the “handoff” as described above? Why or why not?
- 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.
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