Raising Up Mentors

When I look back at my life and my walk with the Lord, one of the things I’m most grateful for are the presence of committed Christians that came along side me at various stages to help me grow in faith by lending advice, encouragement, and direction. These mature, mentoring Christians were and continue to be a God-send. That’s why Sovereign Grace undertook the Mentoring Seminar on a recent Saturday morning. Forty-five people attended to better learn how as mentors they can disciple and nurture other Christians. ”Everybody needs help,” says our Senior Pastor Warren Boettcher, “and there’s nothing like the advice from a Christian who has walked that road ahead of you.” And Warren knows. He’s been a teacher, a full-time pastor, husband, father and grandfather. He’s been mentored and has been a mentor to others. Other mature Christians at Sovereign Grace are equally apt to mentor having opened businesses, plied their craft in the building trades, loved and adopted children, practiced medicine, or excelled in their skill in the arts. “The important thing is that mature Christians can help less experienced brothers and sisters in Christ connect biblical principles to the work place, their home lives and their faith journey,” Warren says. The classic example from the Bible is the connection between Paul and the young pastor Timothy. But how can sincere, but busy, people help mentor and assist other Christians? Most of us have schedules that are packed from the moment we open our eyes to the moment we close them when we put our head down on the pillow at night. It takes deliberate effort, planning and prayer. Ken and Maira Diaz seem perfectly suited to mentoring. Both are seasoned in faith, and they still find time to open their hearts and home despite the busyness of life. They were among the forty-five in attendance. “We were encouraged by the number of people who attended the seminar,” said Maira, “and we look forward to what God will do among us as we make mentoring an intentional part of our church fabric.”

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