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I completely agree with your assertion that we are doing mentoring backwards. We should be calling people to follow Jesus the same way Jesus called people to follow Him (notice I didn't say we should be calling people to follow US!). Jesus called Zacheus from the Sycamore tree, Levi from the tax booth, etc. I talk more about discipling on my blog than "mentoring" but I think sometimes we use those terms interchangeably. I also think it is important not to just find the cool people to mentor or disciple...sometimes we need to find someone who has a teachable spirit but may not be as trendy or influential.

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Good stuff to chew on!

Some of my best mentoring moments have been with my staff after I initiated 30 min formal mentoring apptmts with them - one of my best leadership decisions ever!

I agree that people should be looking for others to mentor, but I think it's also okay for you to ask someone to be your mentor. In fact, I did that a few weeks ago. The guy was excited about it because he shared with me how three mentors had played a huge role in his life and ministry and that he had wanted to invest in someone else the way they had invested in him. He didn't know I wanted a mentor until I asked him though. In "Working the Angles" by Eugene Peterson he states that we need to be and have a spiritual director. That it happens on both ends.

Jeremy, I think my post was written more from the angle of "who are YOU going to mentor?"

Is there someone to whom you qualify as a spiritual parent?

Ben,

I find this post very freeing - sometimes I'm not sure if I'm being too proactive in my attempts to invest in others - maybe I'm being too pushy; maybe they'd ask if they wanted my input; maybe I can't really add anything to them.

Thanks for the encouragement.

Well said.

A good mentor / coach see’s something in you that you don’t see and helps you bring it out.

That doesn’t happen if the conversation is one sided.

Hmmmm....Friday. Very interesting

I have shut down trying to find a mentor. Mostly because when I attempt to ask to be an apprentice I get this glazed look from the prospective mentor as if they really don't want mentor or maybe it is me just being too sensitive. My mentor died before I became a Christian and now I much appreciate his advice. So pray that I find another or others that I can have face to face mentor ship

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