Mentoring Moms

Posted by  | Tuesday, October 26, 2010  at 12:38 PM  
This week we are expounding upon discipleship and hoping to shed some light on how to find a good mentor, looking at what the book of Titus (in the Bible) has to model for us, and the importance of learning from a wiser woman.

My husband and I are planting a church, Renewal Church, in South Carolina, and at Renewal, we are really trying to cultivate a rich discipleship lifestyle where discipling others is the norm.  Last month we had a “Multiplying Disciples Summit” where we, as a church, were challenged to take discipleship seriously.  In the end, the leaders were challenged to start discipling at least one other person for 12 weeks using the book of Colossians, and we were given some “bare bones” to help guide us through these 12 weeks. The goal is to really get the discipleship ball rolling in our church body and making the necessary changes in our lives to make discipleship a normal part of our Christian walk, not ending after 12 weeks.

I’m sure you’d agree that finding someone you want to emulate in the faith and learn from, who is willing to take time out of their schedule weekly to invest in you, is difficult to find. When I became a believer when I was 13 years old, I CRAVED this so badly, having so many unanswered questions and could have really used a solid believer to pour into me the foundations of the faith, teaching me how to feed myself with the Word of the God daily. What does the Word have to say about discipleship? Are we as believers really supposed to be doing this?

 Titus 2:1-5 

“You must teach what is in accord with sound doctrine. Teach older men to be temperate, worthy of respect, self-controlled, and sound in faith, in love and in endurance. Likewise, teach the older women to be reverent in the way they live, not to be slanderers or addicted to much wine, but to teach what is good.  Then they can train the younger women to love their husbands and children, to be self-controlled and pure, to be busy at home, to be kind, and to be subject to their husbands, so that no one will malign the word of God.”  

The Word is definitely clear that discipleship MUST be a part of our daily lives, commanding us as believers to TEACH the Word of God.  Are YOU teaching? Maybe you want to, but you don’t know how to make it happen? Maybe you feel ill-equipped, because nobody really taught you how to feed yourself in the Word of God and mature spiritually going from milk to meat and you need to be taught (1 Peter 2:2-3, Hebrews 5:12-14). Maybe the desire isn’t there at all, and you don’t want to give up the little bit of free time you have. Maybe you’re wondering how in the WORLD you would have even a second of your day to dedicate to this. First, realize that the Lord is all about His glory and making disciples to the glory of God PLEASES Him! Recognize that as believers, this is a responsibility we have as the church and in helping grow/educate/meet the needs of the church.  Confess to the Lord that you realize this is something you need to be doing as a believer, so as to be obedient to His Word.  Ask Him to help you find a way to make this happen, either by changing how you feel about this as you obey, or  by moving the elements of your life around to help assist you in making discipleship happen to the glory of God. 

This week we want to dig deeper into putting feet on how to make discipleship a reality in our lives.  How do you disciple? Who do you ask to disciple you? If time is an issue, are there creative ways to invest in those younger in the faith (not necessarily age)? Ideally, it would be great if someone was investing in you and you in others.  We sure would love your input on this topic, so if you have any questions, leave them in the comments section. If you have any advice coming from personal experience in discipleship, we’d love to hear from you! We are excited about this week!

In the meantime, feel free to listen online to the Multiplying Disciples Summit  (MDS) by Matt Rogers, our lead pastor, as well as our weekly sermons, falling under “The Disciple Experiment.” 


Jen said...

Great post Hollie. This is definitely my passion as well.

The couple my husband and I would consider our mentors early in our adult lives, put it this way:

"You should always have at least one Paul, one Barnabas, and one Timothy in your life."

Paul being a more mature believer mentoring you. Barnabas, being a like-minded believer walking in similar circumstances for mutual encouragement and accountability. And Timothy, being a younger believer for you to poor into (mentor/disciple).

I have found that to be a reasonable goal—"at least one".

That analogy has helped me to keep a balance — although there are seasons where you have more Pauls or more Timothys — I am not only soaking up wisdom from others, but also sharing. Nor am I going around only encouraging and speaking with people in the same "plane" spiritually as me. I am being challenged to grow and to share.

Keeps the balance we all need in perspective.

Hugh & Hollie Carson said...

Good word Jen! :) Thanks SO MUCH for that input!

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