Wednesday, November 30, 2016

To Go Beyond Oneself

“Jesus led His disciples into experiences and hardships that shaped their character and faith. Jesus taught His disciples about faith; but one evening, He took His disciples to the other side of the sea, knowing the risk of the storm and high waves. A mentor should instruct the mentees and the instruction has to be given in a practical way. 
Discipleship and mentoring, both involve instruction-based relationship. Jesus Christ not only made disciples but also mentored His disciples. Mentoring is about showing someone what God wants them to be and developing them to go beyond themselves.” writes Bro. Jeyasingh David (Secretary, DCLM School) in this article in The CALL.

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Friday, November 25, 2016

Have your Paul & Know your Timothy

““Teaching helps to understand what to think but mentoring trains to know how to think”. The true mentorship gives astounding results in every aspect; it enhances individuals, families, churches and the society. Everyone, irrespective of age, has a call to be mentored and / or to mentor others.
The Greek word for “Mentor” conveys the meaning of “advising or imparting wisdom on someone”. However, this is only a part of mentorship and the Bible gives us the vivid picture of mentoring. God is not only our Maker but also a Mentor.” writes Dr. Ashok Kumar (Executive Director, GEMS) in this article in The CALL and goes on to share five prominent truths of mentorship.

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Sunday, November 20, 2016

Pass the Baton

"One thing that every leader must recognize is that, they develop not only second level leadership to take on their position, but also impart the vision. When they don’t have a succession plan, leadership vacuum gets created. There are two major reasons for this. One is a sense of insecurity among the leaders - a fear of losing their position - that stops them from building second level leadership. 
Second is a desire to be indispensable to the organization where they like people become dependent on them for everything. They seldom share their vision and knowledge, keep things confidential like ‘guru mantra’ and when they are gone, a tremendous vacuum is created..." writes Bro. D. Augustine Jebakumar (General Secretary, GEMS) in the article 'Pass the Baton' in The CALL.

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Wednesday, November 16, 2016

Mentoring Special Issue of The CALL

The words that my mentor spoke into my life, when I left for Bihar 16 years back, has been a guiding light through my young years. He reminded me the words that Paul exhorted his young assistant Timothy, “Let no one despise your youth, but be an example…” (2 Timothy 4:12)

This Mentoring Special issue is for teachers, parents, children, youths, missionaries, pastors, leaders and working professionals. This is both a mentorship manual and an enjoyable material for the casual reader.

“Teaching helps to understand what to think, but mentoring trains to know how to think” reads the article ‘Have your Paul & Know your Timothy’ pointing out to the purpose of mentoring and encourages everyone to mentor and to be mentored with five principles. ‘To Go Beyond Oneself’ in the Red Hot column takes this truth further by showing what selfless mentoring looks like.

‘Why We Do Not Mentor?’ dwells into the reasons behind failures in mentoring and recommends corrective measures to handle the dearth of leadership.

‘Proven Gold’ in Calltoon and ‘Frustrated Ryan’ in the Children’s Chronicles columns bring a double treat for children and teens with interesting and inspiring stories. In ‘His Hand, Upon Me’ a GEMS MK shares how God’s word and His grace acts in his life to mould him towards God-ordained destiny.

‘Parental Mentoring of Children’ in the Get Equipped column practically teaches the principles to follow at home. ‘Mentoring Girls to Become Deborahs’ chronicles the work of GEMS in training young girls through DBTC (Deborah Bible Training Center).
Reminding the call of God to be His witness at the workplace, the Tentmaking article ‘The Mantle & The Marketplace’ prescribes the ABC’s of mentoring to sustain and develop the momentum of ministry at the marketplace.

“Mentoring is not only about developing people to take up the leadership position, but imparting the vision” prompts the lead article ‘Pass the Baton’ which presents the practices of leaders in the Bible in mentoring people to carry forward the vision and mission.

The Chairman & CEO of PepsiCo India Shivkumar in a recent interview on dealing with the Millennials (whom he says are 2/3rds of the country) is vocal about this different generation – they do not believe in hierarchy & top-down leadership, they want to race against time and they believe in progress, the values of the organization & open communication.
It is this generation that God is calling us to mentor and to raise as mentors.  

The quote on the cover by Janet Thompson says, “Mentoring is: Sharing Life's Experiences and God's Faithfulness”. The Message version of 2 Timothy 4:12 ends, “Teach believers with your life: by word, by demeanor, by love, by faith, by integrity.” Let’s mentor through our life and be mentored to reflect God's Faithfulness.

Mem(nt)orable Reading!
Mariyosh Joseph
Chief Editor, The CALL

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