That’s quite a difficult question for me to resolve. Paul had five to six years with Gamiliel to learn what it was that he needed to know about the Jewish faith. Then, after Paul met Jesus on the road to Damascus, Paul had Ananias and Barnabas come alongside of him so that he could be mentored in the Christian faith. Paul in turn mentored Timothy and Titus, passing along to them all of the wisdom of the Lord that he could so that Timothy and Titus could take on the mantle and mentor the next generation of Christians.
I’ve heard that mentoring has long been a part of the Christian faith, but it doesn’t appear to me that many of the mainstream Christian churches or ministries take mentoring all that seriously. In the years that I’ve been a Christian, and in the many churches that I’ve attended, and became involved, not one talked about mentoring or even accountability partners. It was like that in the Lutheran, Presbyterian, Baptist, Non-denominational, and Pentecostal churches that I attended.
If you’ve had a mentor, or accountability partner, in your faith walk, I consider you to be very blessed indeed. Over the years I’ve had a few friends with whom I sometimes discuss my faith, but that’s not been in much depth. Years ago I asked a knowledgeable and respected Christian woman to be my spiritual mentor, and I never got a response back. I also prayed for an accountability partner to no avail. Perhaps I wasn’t persistent enough. I do have a dear friend whose husband is quite an intellectual and well versed on Christianity, and when I have a question or two, or want a valued opinion, I ask her husband.
That said, I’ve spent the better part of two days scratching my head and accessing my memory bank for the name of even one person who mentored me in my faith. In addition, I did quite a bit of research (I like to research things) on mentoring and from what I’ve learned about mentoring there’s not a single name or face that goes into the mentor category in my life. Maybe, just maybe, I don’t understand the subject of mentoring well.
It seems to me that perhaps I’ve missed out of a valuable opportunity. Yet, in spite of the lack of mentors in my life, my faith, and hopefully my understanding has grown. What has grown my faith has been the Bible (particularly study Bibles), the Holy Spirit, participation in women’s Bible studies, being a small group and Bible study leader, online studies, and research, lots and lots of research. I guess that I’ve done okay on my own, God has taught me much and I’ve persevered in my faith because it’s a priority for me.
As for mentoring others, I’ve not done that either, at least not to anyone that I can think of. And maybe that’s because I am unsure just how I would be as a mentor. After all, who am I? Perhaps my blog mentors somewhat to others, but I see that more as my thoughts on my personal journey with my Lord Jesus.
If the pattern of mentoring is shown to us in the Bible and if mentoring is so valuable, why don’t we hear more about it?
Why don’t churches take mentoring seriously?
Have you had someone who’s mentored you in the faith? If so, how was your experience?
Do you have an accountability partner? If so, how does that relationship work?
“Iron sharpens iron, and one man sharpens another.” (Proverbs 27:17, ESV)
“So, being affectionately desirous of you, we were ready to share with you not only the gospel of God but also our own selves, because you had become very dear to us.” (1 Thessalonians 2:8, ESV)
“What you have learned and received and heard and seen in me-practice these things, and the God of peace will be with you.” (Philippians 4:9, ESV)
“And let us consider how to stir up one another to love and good works, not neglecting to meet together, as is the habit of some, but encouraging one another, and all the more as you see the Day drawing near.” (Hebrews 10:24-25, ESV)
“Remember your leaders, those who spoke to you the word of God. Consider the outcome of their way of life, and imitate their faith.” (Hebrews 13:7, ESV)
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