Why Mentoring Matters

Stepping into the doors of our quaint little church as kids, our eyes would light up at the sight of a projector perched on a sheet of plywood laid over the pews. This setup signaled one thrilling thing: a missionary was visiting! The nostalgic click of the old slides transported us to far-off places, even if it sometimes meant turning our heads upside down to view the occasional misplaced slide.

I do not remember each slide or every missionary, but one image remains etched in my memory. It was often the final slide of the presentation, usually depicting a breathtaking sunset over the mission field. This poignant image was frequently accompanied by Matthew 9:37-38: “Then saith he unto his disciples, ‘The harvest truly is plenteous, but the laborers are few; pray ye, therefore, the Lord of the harvest, that he will send forth laborers into his harvest.'”

How could this be the end?  Why was there never a follow-up picture? Countless times, we were left pondering the sunset and the encroaching darkness over that distant field. Those slides failed to show that in just a few hours, the sun would rise again, heralding a new day and new ways God desired to work!  

What was the work?  What was it Jesus was specifically asking them to pray about, and what drove him to pray through the night (Luke 6:12)?

He was launching a mentorship program!  “And when it was day, He called His disciples to Himself; and from them He chose twelve whom He also named apostles…” (Luke 6:13, cf Matt. 10:1).

The sun arose with the next generation of church planters.  It arose with the future.  It arose upon twelve men who eventually would be accused of “turning the world upside down” for Jesus.  

I am convinced we are watching the “sunset” and darkness fall on many ministries, organizations, and churches today because they are not praying about and investing in the next generation.  They have failed to follow these principles and those of 2 Timothy 2:2 and Titus 2:3-5.  

Mentoring is essential.  Mentoring is our calling!  I have been asked to be a mentor many times over the years and twice already this summer. Despite a busy schedule, it is difficult to say “no” to this when asked.  Why?  Because of its importance to the future of the church.  Sharing life with others is a fantastic opportunity.  Being able to pour into the life of another is a calling and a great responsibility.  Helping a person grow as a leader, mentor, or parent is also a tremendous blessing.

What is a mentor?  A mentor is someone who pours into the life of another and guides them in a specific direction.  People often think of a mentor as someone to tell them what to do, but that is not the case.  Simon Sinek is correct when he says, “A mentor is not someone who walks ahead of us and tells us how they did it.  A mentor walks alongside us to guide us on what we can do.”  American entrepreneur and author Jim Rohn says this: “My mentor said, ‘Let’s go do it,’ not ‘You go do it.’ How powerful when someone says, ‘Let’s!'”

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Taking a younger or even older person under our tutelage and investing in them does not have to be a difficult task or undertaking.  It does not require someone who has accomplished great accolades or tremendous success, wisdom, or ability.  It does not require one to be a master teacher.

Jesus was the perfect example of a mentor.  He did not choose twelve men to sit under his seminary training, nor did he choose twelve to emulate Him.  Jesus chose twelve men to mentor.  Mark says this: “And he ordained twelve, that they should be with him…” (3:14).
 

Did you catch that? Mentorship means time together. If you want to see the sunrise on your church, ministry, or organization, it is time to start praying for and pursuing someone you can “ordain” to mentor.  

We have a mentorship (fellowship) program at Faith that allows us to bring a young man in to mentor.  I am also mentoring several in our church now.  I am praying about the next young man God will have for us.  Why?  It is essential!  It is our calling!  

John Wooden once said, “A good coach can change a game. A great coach can change a life.”  Who’s life are you changing today to change the future of tomorrow?  

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Treg Spicer

Treg Spicer

Treg Spicer is the Senior Pastor of Faith Baptist Church in Morgantown, West Virginia. He also serves as the President of the West Virginia Christian School Association. He is husband to Carrie and has four children.

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Treg Spicer is the Senior Pastor of Faith Baptist Church in Morgantown, West Virginia. He also hosts the Art of the Assistant Podcast. 

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