Transitioning to a discipleship culture can be difficult with an established team. For example, members of your team at church already have certain expectations about how often you meet, what those meetings are like, and how the team members are connected to you.

In order to transition to a mentoring culture, we recommend the following plan:

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Have flex method conversations with every leader.
The mentoring culture in a PursueGOD church is built around the flex method and PG conversations. Immediately, base all of your meetings with team leaders around a PG conversation, and use the flex method. If you don’t use PG conversations with your leaders, they won’t use them with their teams. As you meet one-on-one or in small groups with the heads of various ministries, you will be modeling the way they need to have conversations with their teams.

Begin team mentoring with your team leaders
There are many different types of conversations that you can have with your team leaders: conversations about the training for their teams, ancillary conversations for their team, conversations on leadership, or conversations on the mission and vision of a mentoring culture, which can include Mentor Training.

As you do this, you will be providing team mentoring for all of your team leaders. Team mentoring is mentoring that focuses on equipping people to serve on their team. Formatting your regular meetings this way will start building a discipleship culture.

And if you feel that the PursueGOD library doesn’t have the conversation that you want to have with your leaders, submit your idea or your conversations to our leader community.

Begin relational mentoring with your overseer/elder team.
Using the flex method and having PursueGOD conversations with all of your team is a good start to building a mentoring culture. However, mentoring goes beyond team mentoring. Ultimately, we want people to experience relational mentoring.

Relational mentoring is mentoring that is focused on helping people move through all three truths in Foundations. You are helping these people learn to trust Jesus in every area of their life, honor God with their attitudes and actions, and become people who are focused on helping and mentoring others.

So, where do you start relational mentoring in your church? Start with your overseer/elder team. These men are already tasked with leading discipleship in your church, so it makes sense to start with them in order to build the discipleship culture.

Plan on mentoring these men every week. You don’t have to sit down in person every week. One week you can meet in person, the next week you can meet over the phone or online. But again, these mentoring sessions are focused on the flex method and PursueGOD resources.

But, this is relational mentoring, so you aren’t just talking about church leadership issues. You may talk about a whole range of issues that aren’t connected to their role as an overseer.

Continue to mentor these men until they are ready to mentor other men in the same way. Once they are ready to mentor, then you can begin to think of moving them to your passive mentoring list. As they begin to mentor others, have them choose men who you think will one day serve as mentor trainers, small group coaches, or future overseers.

Once you move your overseers to your passive list, begin mentoring the next group of men who will be influential in building a mentoring culture in your church.

Mentoring Models

Go slowly so mentoring grows deeply
When rolling out a new program, it is tempting to offer large classes in order to get everyone through the material. But this probably isn’t the best way to do mentoring. Instead, slowly grow your mentoring base at your church.

Instead of immediately casting a wide net for mentoring, invest in people who will become passionate mentors who pass on the mentoring virus.

Create your own transition plan here.

Discussion Questions:

  1. Watch the video together or invite someone to summarize the topic.
  2. What is your initial reaction to this video? Do you disagree with any of it? What jumped out at you?
  3. What is the current content of your meetings with your team leaders?
  4. Why is it important to use the flex method in all of your conversations?
  5. What is the difference between team mentoring and relational mentoring?
  6. Where is the best place to begin relational mentoring on your team?
  7. Fill out the transitioning to a discipleship culture plan for your team.
  8. Write a personal action step based on this conversation.

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