Mentor Leaders to Impact the Future
- Tuesday, April 04, 2006
* Implement the vision. Walk alongside your mentor or mentee to help strategically implement the vision in meaningful and measurable ways. Write down the vision God gave you and pray about what specific steps to take – and when to take them – to fulfill that vision. Admit your fears and embrace the risks involved in moving forward. Communicate the vision to others and discuss it, emphasizing your ministry’s core values and purpose as you do. Integrate the vision into as many communication channels as possible, such as meetings, e-mails, newsletters, and signs. Build a team to accomplish specific goals at specific times, and realize that a leader is just as accountable as other team members. Work with your mentor or mentee on the basics of getting along well with people, such as listening skills. Ask God to help you inspire people through the vision and mobilize them into action. As a mentor, be careful not to become too controlling and tell your mentee what to do. Instead, focus on simply equipping him or her to figure out a plan. Realize, as well, that any plan needs to be flexible enough to account for midcourse corrections when circumstances change or God leads in a new direction. Help your mentee budget time and money wisely so there will be sufficient resources to accomplish all the goals. Work together to make sure that all the people involved are able to balance their lives in healthy ways (not becoming too consumed with work) while also being productive. Help your mentee evaluate the ways in which he or she spends time, to ensure that truly reflects the right priorities. Review and assess the financial budget together as well.
* Sustain the vision. Encourage the person you mentor to maintain zeal for his or her ministry. Reorganize the team to keep up with changes as they occur in the ministry. Evaluate the staff and their roles, the method of ministry, and systems that can improve capacity to fulfill the vision. Help your mentee deal with ongoing challenges that can hinder his or her work, including: fear, loneliness, fatigue, physical limitations or ailments, an uncooperative spouse, a difficult deacon or elder, and a lack of either time or money. Urge your mentee to persevere and ask for help in specific ways when needed. Help him or her learn how to manage stress well and take breaks to recharge. Continue your mentoring relationship over time and build a close friendship in which you: affirm one another, are available to one another, pray with and for one another, are open and honest with one another, treat each other sensitively, keep your discussions confidential, and hold each other accountable.
Adapted from Mentoring Leaders: Wisdom for Developing Character, Calling, and Competency, copyright 2005 by Carson Pue. Published by Baker Books, a division of Baker Publishing Group, Grand Rapids, Mich., www.bakerbooks.com.
Carson Pue is president of Arrow Leadership International Ministries, a ministry founded by Leighton Ford and committed to mentoring church and ministry leaders. An ordained Baptist minister, he has had a varied career in business, the pastorate, and parachurch ministry. He was executive director for Chuck Swindoll’s Insight for Living radio ministry and has spent more than 20,000 hours mentoring Christian leaders over the past 15 years.
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