christlike leaders

Eastern Africa Gathering

In November, I traveled to Kenya to attend two MentorLink events with dozens of international leaders from the MentorLink Movement. This week I’ll be sharing about the Eastern Africa Gathering.

Leaders from 12 African nations in Eastern Africa gathered Nov. 12-15 to deepen their understanding of developing Christlike leaders and become familiar with the tools available to them from MentorLink. Most had a working knowledge of our Passing It On training but were unaware of some other tools at their disposal. Days with Jesus was wildly received, and a number wanted Days in their own language.

One brother ministers among 300k refugees from South Sudan, located in a camp in Uganda. He recently started 200 Discover Bible Study groups in this camp but is hampered because most don’t know how to read. When he saw Days with Jesus, he immediately pounced on me to get DWJ translated so he could share it in the refugee camp.

There were 35 of us in this Eastern Africa Gathering. The program and conference were organized by Africans. I can assure you that the MentorLink movement in Africa is led by some highly gifted and spiritually mature leaders who have a passion to develop leaders who lead like Jesus throughout the African continent. To God be all the glory!

Would you pray with me for each of the 35 people who attended? Thank the Lord for each person and his/her heart to lead like Jesus. Each one of these men and women is wholeheartedly answering the call to make disciples (Matt. 28:16-20). And pray for the continued advancement of His Kingdom throughout Africa.

What a joy it was to be with my African brothers and sisters!




The Need of the Hour

dad_arm around kidWarm greetings in the name of the Lord Jesus Christ.

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