2019 Mentor Moments

We are living in a time when it’s particularly hard to get a perspective on leading God’s people in a way Jesus would recognize. Thus, the importance of mentorship simply cannot be ignored. Jesus Himself did this throughout His ministry with His disciples.

As we enter a new year, I’d like to take a few moments to share a resource I’ve been working on called Mentor Moments. These 3-5-minute video segments will cover a variety of important topics such as servant leadership, biblical mentoring and leaving spiritual legacies.

I invite you to sit and join me this week as I talk about Jesus’ 3 Strategic Priorities for Impact. (click image for video)

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Transformational Values Shifts


Over the next few weeks, let’s examine five crucial transformational values shifts that summarize some of the essential characteristics of truly effective Christian leadership.

The goal of these transformational values is to change leaders from the inside-out; to focus on the leader’s character and heart; to develop leaders whose leadership reflects the transforming power of God’s Spirit.

How is this accomplished? By identifying and confronting default fleshly tendencies. And by measuring growth not in an “all-or-nothing” manner, but by gauging the steady progression of movement in leaving behind leadership values and practices of the flesh and pursuing leadership values and practices of the Spirit.

What are these five transformational values we will be focusing on?

  1. Turning from building personal success and moving to building God’s Kingdom
  2. Turning from environments of control and moving to environments of grace
  3. Turning from power-based leadership and moving to servant leadership
  4. Turning from elitism and self-sufficiency and moving to collaboration and community
  5. Turning from accidentally adding other leaders and moving to intentional mentoring of leaders

I look forward to delving deeper into each of these five transformational values in the weeks ahead. In the meantime, ask the Lord to speak to your heart and be open to His prompting.



Multiplying Leaders Modeled


How did Jesus take a political radical, a national traitor who raised money for the Romans, small-business owners, doubters, self-centered and personally ambitious followers and make them into a band that turned the world upside down? He changed their perspective from the here and now to the present and forever kingdom. He demonstrated what leading in the kingdom is all about and teaching them the simplicity of leading in His kingdom. He affirmed their faith and admonished their fears. He rebuked their selfishness yet was patient with them as they grew in leading in His kingdom.

He did not transfer content to them at a head level. He did not teach them programs, methods, or procedures. But He did teach them to serve people, meet needs in faith, and die to themselves. Jesus, the Lord, the One who came to show us the way, intentionally built leaders not masses. He personally spent time with individuals and small groups.

When I came into the kingdom, I had to start over. I had to unlearn much of what I learned in business and military leadership. Manipulative practices and command and control leadership are out of bounds for Jesus’s leaders. I had to learn (and I am still learning) to move away from fleshly patterns, values, motives, and strategies of the world and move toward His ways of leading and developing people. The practices, values, character, motives, heart, and goals for leading are radically different in Jesus’s kingdom.

I learned that the way of Jesus is to develop others, who develop others, who develop others…



The Power of Equipping


The twelve were with Jesus. They saw how He did ministry and how He treated people. His tenderness, gentleness, and compassion for the poor and oppressed were evident. They saw His heart for the lost sheep and the masses without shepherds. He rebuked hypocrites and false leaders. They were with Him when He healed, raised the dead, and cast out demons. They learned sacrifice, suffering, obedience, and servanthood. They went through faith tests of being in a storm on the sea about to down and then saw Jesus still the storm.

Jesus didn’t focus on how-tos (programs, methods, or skills) but rather on heart, character, values, motives, faith, and leading in light of eternity among other things. We would do well to emphasize the same in our equipping. Then He commissioned them. There was an end to His training.

In your personal mentoring, what do you focus on?