Archive for Mentoring

What Makes a Minister?

by Grady King “Could we have lunch together soon?  A friend of mine recommended I get with you and talk about preaching. Specifically, how do I know if God is calling me to preach?” This is how the email began. We did meet and continue to consider his question. In the conversation, which was less […]

The Incredible Potential of Mentoring

by Jim Martin I was a young minister who was eager, passionate, and committed to ministry. I was also keeping a counseling schedule that was intense and demanded long hours. I was seeing people not only from our congregation, but also from other congregations in our community. Afternoons were often difficult and emotionally raw listening […]

One Life Shapes Another

by Lynn Anderson Ted moves like an athlete and looks like one too. He is usually confident and assertive. But today, sitting in front of the counselor he seems different. Ted is a new Christian and the father of sons four and seven and he has hit a wall. “I don’t really know what a […]

Winsome Mentors Attract Followers

by Lynn Anderson A friend tells me that a visitor to his church remarked after a couple of encounters with Jake, “So you say that guy Jake has been pretty visible in your church for a long time? Here every time the doors are opened? A deacon! Well, if Jake is an example of what […]

What Do Church Leaders Do with Red Flags?

By Jim Martin Not long ago I was on the Interstate and glanced at the car on my right.  The driver had an intense look on her face.  She was staring at her phone. She was texting. Think about this.  She is driving 75 miles per hour and texting! Some say that you are 23 […]

A Preacher’s Confession

by Grady & Karen King If We Could Have a Do-Over with our Children If you could have a do-over in raising our children what would you do differently? I posed this question to my wife recently while thinking about faith development, ministry and several younger ministers I know. Being raised as a “PK” (preachers […]

Ten Realities of Ministry with a Church

    by Jim Martin 1.  Over-functioning is very tiring and usually results in other people under-functioning. 2.  I have often worried too much about others and some imaginary future crisis.  Each day has enough challenges. 3.  Sometimes I have felt too responsible for another’s life instead of focusing on the responsibilities that I really do […]

Leadership Identity: Coach and Mentor

by Chris Goldman   A Story: A youth minister called. He was at the end of his rope! His church was falling apart. The preacher had been fired, the elders were fighting, members were fleeing and he felt a responsibility to “put Humpty Dumpty back together again.” The counselor inside me wanted to put him […]

Strong Mentors Show Us How to Live

by Lynn Anderson Teaching children songs about Jesus gives me immense joy. In some ways all of us — like children – learn best from “show and tell.” Of course, this includes an old classic, “The Wise Man Built His House Upon a Rock.” Since this song is designed for hand-signals and is no-where ear […]

Faithful Mentors Inspire Hope Which Keeps Us Trying

by Lynn Anderson Not only do attractive mentors draw followers and strong mentors show us how to live, but also faithful mentors give us hope to keep on trying when we are tempted to give up. Remember the children’s song about the wise men? I show them how to sing and do the hand signals […]