Dear Pastors, Missionaries, Chaplains and Friends,
Steve here…I have a mentor, Dr. Roy Lawson. Ministering together for 10 years at Temple Baptist, Sarnia was an opportunity for me to see him up close on a daily basis. It taught me so much. His talk matched his walk. He told me things like:
· “Change agents aren’t loved, except by God.”
· “My most painful experiences have been when I’ve had a problem and no
one loved me enough to tell me about it.”
· “An under-directed meeting is not just a nuisance, it is a danger.”
· “We terribly overestimate what we can do in one year and underestimate
what we can do in five.”
· “In change, people feel alone, even if everyone is going through it.”
· “The biggest addiction we have to overcome is the human ego. Why?
Because ego stands for ‘Edging God Out!’”
I was exposed to pearls like this regularly. What a blessings. Everyone who wants to be an effective leader needs mentors. I am convinced of this. Show me a leader without a mentor and I’ll show you someone not reaching their full Kingdom impact. Some mentors are up close—sometimes uncomfortably in our face. Others may be more at a distance, like an author of historical figure in church history. Wherever they might be, find one or two.
Our Regions and Schools
In a recent meeting with our Regional Directors, I heard some encouraging news about approaches being taken to establish mentoring relationship among students who will be our future leaders. Let me encourage you with what I heard.
Our Fellowship Pacific Region, partnering with North West Seminary in Vancouver, has established a new church-based theological training program called “Immerse”. Students are graded in 27 assigned outcomes. Some are academic courses and others are building character and skill competencies. The latter are best caught, rather than taught through mentoring relationships and other means. There is talk of identifying young leaders early (while in high school) and encouraging them on this tract toward vocational ministry – a brilliant idea!
Our FEB Central Region has recently connected with Heritage College and Seminary, our school in Ontario. The student internship is core to FEB Central’s leadership development.
Our AEBEQ (Quebec) Region has long seen the merit of mentorship. The vast majority of their pastoral leaders were mentored through their churches and SEMBEQ Seminary in Montreal. Several years ago, a cohort program was started with dreams of mentoring 100 new leaders by 2013. In a recent conversation with AEBEQ Regional Director, Gilles Lapierre, he told me that ten years ago he counted seven to eight pastors under the age of 40. Today he has 40 pastors under the age of 40. The power of mentorship!
I hope that you are reaching out to a younger person or potential leader these days.
Have a Blessed week,
Our 2013 Fellowship theme verse is:
“We live by faith, not by sight.” 2 Corinthians 5:7