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.
Chief Editor, The CALL
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