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Paul’s Practices                        Training is not a barometer of spiritu-

          The mentor’s work is divine service   ality; it is not easy, but not unpleasant.
                                              Jesus said, “Take my yoke upon you, and
        even though there are obstacles (1Th 2:1-  learn of me” (Mat 11:29 KJV). The mentor
        3). Participating in the lives of others costs   respects the freedom of the Spirit, so does
        time, privacy and emotions. We mentor   not have a template. He allows for differ-
        the whole person, not just their intel-  ences in temperament and ability. For ev-
        lect and commitment. A strong intellect   ery person, clear decisions are necessary.
        strengthens emotional, physical, spiritual   Progress needs time limits to promote the
        and social strengths in the one being men-  work designated. Problems allowed help
        tored. They learn from the mentor concern   one learn how to solve them. Prayer that
        for others, and demonstrate doctrinal sta-  opens emotion and conversation moti-
        bility, Christ-likeness in relationships and   vates honesty before the Lord. Prayer links
        the seriousness of their calling. A person   God’s promises to the problems. A state-
        committed to God is the best model for   ment of purpose defines a specific work.
        those he seeks to mentor.

        Paul’s Personality                    Mentoring Is to Be Bible-
          Mentors enjoy the Lord and respond   Centered
        to those mentored as a nursing mother   Growing relationships are more than a
        in  affection  and  care,  as  a  brother  in   Bible study course. Knowledge from ex-
        labor and fellowship, and as a father in   perience includes living what we preach,
        comfort, correction and guidance (1Th   and prayer that is focused on the Lord, His
        2:7-13). Paul’s character enabled him to   work and His Word. Then the “things thou
        build significant relationships with those   hast heard” (firsthand) and are “commit-
        he mentored. It takes time to express ap-  ted” (an obligation) “to faithful men” (a
        preciation for what is right, correct what   charge), and which we are “to teach others
        is wrong and pass on optimism and con-  also” (an objective) [Act 6:4; 2Ti 2:2], will
        fidence. Expressing affection is important   become real to those being mentored. The
        to those who are being pressured by op-  task is one thing and attitude is another.
        posing forces. True care and sensitivity   When we love people, we share the gospel,
        recognizes individuality in each person   ourselves and our message.
        being mentored.                         “With me” is a principle in Scripture
                                              (Mar 3:14-15; Php 2:22; 2Ti 2:2) to pass on
        Mentoring Is Ongoing                  truth in devotional times, study, travel,
          Intensive mentoring is done when the   ministry, exercise of gift and in public
        mentor has people with him like our Lord   witnessing. Personal relationships are
        (Mar 3:13-19). Paul had different brethren   needed to “flee” sin and “follow” a full
        with him at different times (Act 20:3-5).   life that maintains “fellowship” by sup-
        He taught the fundamentals of the faith   port and accountability. Have reasonable
        and how to present them. Paul sent those   expectations.
        he mentored to other places and strongly   Mentoring Is to Be Practical
        supported them (1Ti 1:3). He passed on
        to them the value of his own experiences   Accountability necessary in mentor-
        (2Ti 4:1-8).                          ing includes study, an orderly approach
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