The heart cry from emerging leaders around the world who want someone to serve as a spiritual mentor to them is getting louder. This longing cuts across cultures. In 2006, I attended a Younger Leaders Gathering hosted by the global Lausanne Movement with 550 younger leaders from 110 nations in attendance. With one voice, they by-passed the big name speakers and declared the biggest need they had was that of a mentor. That voice is becoming louder.
I cannot say this loud enough. Mentors who build into emerging leaders to lead like Jesus are the global need of the hour. This is as true in your world, where you live work and play, as it is in mine. My experience is that a small investment in the life of a younger leader pays dividends in their life for years to come.
Actually, we are not discovering something new nor inventing this on our own. We in believe that the way Jesus developed leaders is just as relevant now as it was then. It is our model of mentoring. Facilitating mentor groups is going back to the future. Jesus’ way is timeless.
You don’t need to be an expert. You don’t need to teach. You don’t need to know all the answers. In fact we are all on the journey to lead like Jesus. What you do need is a heart to serve and make a difference with a few. The Spirit will use you in amazing ways.
I challenge you to prayerfully consider partnering with the Spirit’s work in our day and taking initiative to help build emerging leaders who lead like Jesus.
In His amazing grace,
Dr. Stacy Rinehart