- Filter and Focus > You have to know who you are intentionally investing in and then focus. You will always want to mentor more people but because our time is limited we have to filter and focus in order to be most effective. How do you know who to mentor? You must stop, pray, and process before jumping into a mentoring relationship.
- Be Patient > Mentoring is a marathon and not a race. In order to invest in someones life you can't give up on them when they don't move as fast as you would like. We are not making clones but rather we give our lives away.
- Create Opportunities > You have to find time for the people you mentor. Play golf, set up lunch meeting, serve together on a project, or read a book together. Make sure you make an intentional effort to block off time for people you mentor.
- Challenge and Encourage > Sometimes you have to say hard things and other times you simply need to be a cheerleader for the people you mentor. They need both.
- Push People Forward > The people you mentor need a chance to step to the front and lead. You have to take risks and allow others to be up front, lead, and make mistakes.
Thursday, July 28, 2011
When we mentor someone else we advance the Kingdom of God by empowering others to do ministry. Mentoring is multiplication of ministry impact. One thing I know about mentoring is that you have to be intentional in order to be effective. Being intentional helps you to not miss opportunities, allows you to focus, and keeps you from making excuses. How do we start? Where do we begin with mentoring? Here are a few key elements to become intentional with mentoring.
Tuesday, July 26, 2011
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Thursday, July 21, 2011
- Leaders who will lead and serve // Your team leaders set the tone for everything that happens on a student ministry mission trip. You may be an amazing student pastor but if you have distracting adult leaders your team will have a hard time being effective. Make sure you bring the right leaders so you can make the greatest impact in the life of other teens and the people you are serving.
- Teens who get it // It is important to have teens on a mission trip who are already serving in your student ministry, city, and church. Teens that have a heart to make a difference will show it all year round. Make sure you have plenty of these leaders on the team.
- Teens in process // Look around and find teens you see God working in and are ready for another step forward. It is so amazing to watch teens "get it" while serving others. God can work in powerful ways while on a mission trip. Serving opens up people like nothing else.
- People who are flexible // This is big. Make sure you bring people who will be flexible and adapt to changing circumstances. I have never led a mission trip that went according to plan. Make sure you take people who will follow your lead when circumstances change.
Wednesday, July 20, 2011
- What is my church passionate about? Many times the heart of your church will shape how you develop your mission trip strategy. Like I said, Grace Community is passionate about working with kids and parents and that desire shapes what we do on mission trips. We believe if you change the life of a kid you shape the future of a family.
- What skills do my leaders have? The skills of your team will help you decide your mission trip strategy. Your leaders need to be doing things they really enjoy. Is it construction? Is it youth ministry? Is it evangelism? Is it working with the homeless? Make sure your team is passionate about your plan!
- What are my teens doing during the rest of the year? If you lead student ministry then you need to check out what your teens are involved in the rest of the year. Our teens work with kids...they do great working with kids on mission trip. Check into what your teens are good at and build your plan around the gifting of your teens.
Tuesday, July 19, 2011
- passion // God simply gave us a passion for New Orleans and as we have served in the city our passion has grown stronger. We know God will make it clear we are to move on when we loose our passion.
- relationships // The more we serve one city the stronger our relationship base grows. We have a strong relationship with several churches. Parents in our target neighborhoods trust us. We see many of the same kids every year and get to invest in them. Staying in one city for several years helps create relationships of significance.
- consistency // training, strategy, improvements...when we serve in one city we have consistency for our team. There is no greater help in a stressful week than to have a general consistent flow for the team.
- growth // when we commit to a city we get the chance to see growth in the lives of people...in the church...in our team. We also get to try new things because we have a stable platform.
Monday, July 18, 2011
- Help teens see that much of the world is broken and that they have a part to play in making it better.
- Give teens a glimpse of the impact their life can make on others.
- Provide a basis for generosity in the heart of a teen.
- Develop needed leadership skills.
- Help teens share the message of Christ.
- Place teens in a place where they have to trust God or fail...there are no places to hide on a mission trip.
- Direct teens to the very heart of the God they serve. Many teens have no idea what serving the poor is about or what their role is in God's plan to rescue the hurting in our world.
Saturday, July 16, 2011
Relevant spend 6 days pouring into the lives of kids in the 8th and 7th ward of New Orleans. A week later we are changed. Many kids are changed. Kids were shown the love of Christ and that was our simple goal. After one week nothing is the same. Our perspective has changed. Our hopes are different. Everything is different. I was simply too busy last week to blog so I wanted to dedicate this week to processing what we have learned about the power of serving others to change us. God has used the idea of serving to change life after life in our student ministry and our church. Serving leads to change. I'm so excited about processing it here on the blog this week.
Friday, July 8, 2011
- Time to stop...it was great to put the mac away and lay the iPhone down.
- Time to play...we had so much fun just being with the girls. Loved making memories! Also did not mind hitting the golf course several times. Played way too much Madden on the PS3 at night also. I needed a football fix.
- Time to read...got through 2 books and started a 3rd!
- Time to pray...this year it seemed like my time with God was simple and focused on listening and conversation. Great to have time just to listen.
- Time to cook...love to cook on vacation. My grill time was excellent. The fresh seafood was amazing this year.