Thursday, 20 February 2014

Thursday - mentoring

Prayer:  Create in me a clean heart O God.  And renew a right spirit within me.   Help me to forgive myself and others this day.  In Christ’s name I pray.  Amen.
            Read Acts 17: 14    Acts 19:22,  and   Acts 20:4
Timothy, whose name means “honouring God”, was with Paul on many of Paul’s missionary journeys.   By reading through these  portions of Scripture,  it will give you a better understanding of the work and relationship between Paul and Timothy as well as the ministry Timothy provided to new Christian communities.
Mentoring.   Paul  prayed and found Timothy with the gifts to be a leader -- to carry on the work of Christ.    Paul then helped Timothy develop his skills of leadership and becoming a mature Christian.   
In our Churches today,  who is the mentor?   Who is the mentor in your congregation?  Who prays and seeks out those in another generation who will carry on the work of Christ and then teaches/instructs them in the way of Christ? 
John,  Glenn,  and I went to Virden on Tuesday to make a Museum presentation on  the Battle of Vimy Ridge to the XII MB Dragoons 2528  Army Cadets.   Cadets are taught about leadership,  learning,  and other skills but it is always interesting to see leadership in action.  Part of the cadet program is older youth,  who have been taught and mentored by the Officers,  sharing those leadership and development skills to the new and younger cadets.  In the Church,  we have almost forgotten how to mentor.  Sure we have Sunday school,  but the participants are not expected to do anything other than show up each Sunday.   What would happen if  mentoring occurred between all ages in a sharing of Christ within the Church and community.     
Prayer:  Create in me a clean heart O God.  And renew a right spirit within me.  Caste me not away from Your presence O Lord,  and renew a right spirit within me.  Provide for  us this day O LORD,   the gifts to begin mentoring and sharing the love of Christ with the next generations.   In Your name and for Your sake,  may Your will be done this day and forever.    Amen.

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