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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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.



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?


The Wisdom of Proverbs


When my two now grown kids were in Middle and High School, I took each one separately to school after we stopped by to get breakfast at a nearby restaurant. While at the restaurant, we took 10-15 minutes to read a few verses in Proverbs and discuss them. This was the best thing I did while they lived in our home – and they agree. Now I have the privilege to occasionally do the same with my three in-town grandchildren.

This week, I took the oldest grandson to breakfast then on to school. He really likes it because he gets a really big breakfast and a hot chocolate as well. We read a few verses in Proverbs 3 and 4. Here are a few of the verses we read:

“The LORD’s curse is on the house of the wicked, but he blesses the dwelling of the righteous. Toward the scorners he is scornful, but to the humble he gives favor. The wise will inherit honor, but fools get disgrace.” (Prov. 3:33-35)

The questions are:

1. Do I want God’s blessing or His curse?

2. Do I want God’s scorn or His blessing?

3. Do I want to inherit honor or get disgrace?

We discussed each of these verses and the outcome of each. It is simple that the wise follow the Lord and His ways.

It is simple. You just read a few verses of Proverbs together and then talk about it. Proverbs touches on character, values, heart, finances, work, cautions, perspective, reputations, disciplines and many more vital issues relevant to all of us.

Is there someone you can do this with?