Brokenness in Leadership Development – Questions to Ponder

Brokenness in Leadership Development – Part II


We had such an overwhelming response to “Brokenness in Leadership Development,” both at the MentorLink International Gathering and as a result of last week’s devotional that I thought I would share more from Herman’s message this week. Be blessed.

The need of the broken world today is broken leaders who have been healed by Christ by being broken at the Cross. God’s healing grace also comes through the mentoring of broken leaders. God’s love flows in the company of and the communion with the broken.

In an environment of grace, God develops leaders to confront and claim their brokenness and to heal the inner wounds corrupting the heart. In preparing leaders, God let them experience and encounter their deep-seated brokenness so that from the pit of pain they can experience His healing love. Moses found healing as a fugitive in the wilderness, Jacob was healed by breaking his hip in his struggle with God in Jabok, David in the death of his son from Bathsheba, Peter in denying Christ three times. Similarly, God wants to encounter the leaders who embrace their brokenness and find healing in the crucible of pain. The sweetest love of God is experienced in the deepest pit of brokenness.

Broken leaders can mature in the healing environment of broken people. They need a community of love where they are not “despised” but developed to lead with grace. We need to develop a school of leadership where we love to heal the broken.

We will be with you when the war breaks out.

My fellow mentor has focused on small group mentoring. One of the members of his mentoring group confessed his unfaithfulness with his wife. The group encouraged him to confess it also with his wife. He hesitated. He said, that will be declaring a 3rd world war. The group said, we will be with you when the war breaks out. They prayed with him and encouraged him with the assurance of God’s grace.

Then the day of confession came. Indeed, it was war! He called his mentoring group to help. They said to bring his wife to an agreed upon place and the mentoring group would be there to support them. The forgiveness and reconciliation were difficult. But through the help of fellow mentors and their wives, the marriage was restored.

As mentors we come alongside to offer practical help to support healing. Support for healing is beyond words of life. It includes works of love to strengthen the weak and wounded to rise from where they have fallen.




Brokenness in Leadership Development – Questions to Ponder


Last week I shared a little about attending an Eastern Africa Gathering with my African brothers and sisters in Nairobi. This week, I’d like to share about one of the workshops presented at the MentorLink International Gathering which was a time of prayer, collaboration and fellowship with dozens of leaders from the MentorLink Movement.

In his workshop on Brokenness in Leadership Development, my dear friend Herman stated: In mentoring, we say: “the heart of mentoring is mentoring the heart.” The heart is the spring of life (Prov 4:23). Through mentoring we protect the leaders’ hearts from the forces of death attacking from all directions, so they can live and lead well. The kind of life and leadership outcome of every leader will be determined by the continuing formation of the heart. We can no longer ignore the development of a healthy and holy heart (the inner life) in developing leaders.

Herman then raised several significant questions for each leader to ponder. Take a moment now to really reflect on these questions below and allow the Holy Spirit to speak to your heart.

  1. Consider your leadership experience. Why will an unresolved issue of hurt hinder spiritual growth? From your observation, what has been the impact of unhealed pains in the way leaders live and lead?
  2. Many leadership programs and models are geared toward imparting content and improving competence. What makes mentoring important toward the healing of broken leaders and how does it help them grow in character?
  3. In what ways have leaders confused seeking to be liked from being the beloved of God? What are common ways leaders tend to seek personal value or self-worth for themselves?
  4. Leaders will find it difficult to live and lead like Jesus unless they truly experience being the beloved of God.

Do you agree or disagree with this statement? Give examples from your perspective and experience.