Are you looking to mentor or to be mentored by a fellow Christ follower? Explore the FAQs below to learn more about how ACF can partner with you in this journey.
What is Spiritual Mentoring?
Spiritual mentoring is discipleship: when one follower of Jesus trains & teaches another how to follow Jesus.
The Bible gives us a clear model of disciple-making in the life of Jesus. He “did life” with his 12 apostles – investing in them, teaching them & modeling for them how to live a righteous life. He brought three of his apostles (Peter, James & John) into his inner circle & spent even more time pouring into them. When he left earth after his resurrection, his parting words to his disciples and to all of us were to go and make disciples, teaching others what Jesus commanded:
And Jesus came and said to them, “All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me. Go therefore and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all that I have commanded you. And behold, I am with you always, to the end of the age.” Matthew 28:18-20
Each of us is to seek out someone who can disciple us & we, in turn, are to share what we are learning by discipling someone else.
In the Bible, Paul provides specific instructions for the role older women are to have as they make disciples of other women. In today’s term, an “older woman” is anyone who is a little further along in her faith and walk with the Lord. It’s not a description confined only to a certain age group:
Older women likewise are to be reverent in behavior, not slanderers or slaves to wine. They are to teach what is good & so train the young women to love their husbands & children, to be self-controlled, pure, working at home, kind & submissive to their own husbands, that the word of God may not be reviled. Titus 2:3-5
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Here are two teachings on discipleship from recent weekend services at ACF:
Next Gen: Part 1, Will & Susie Davis – “Teaching Diligently”
Of particular interest from this teaching is Susie’s discussion of spiritual mothering and her four practical tips on how to mentor: 1) Be available. 2) Be authentic. 3) Be Biblical. 4) Be consistent.
Next Gen: Part 2, Will Davis – “Making Disciples”
In this teaching, our senior pastor focuses on what it means to make disciples. He encourages us all to teach and make disciples “as you go,” seizing on moments where you can be intentional and strategic for the Kingdom. He exhorts all of us to embrace our role and assignment as disciple-makers.
If you are feeling the nudge to mentor someone, stop thinking about it & say YES! We know from experience that both you and the woman you mentor will grow and be blessed from the experience. Contact us for how to start!
One thing we encourage you to do as you meet with the woman you are discipling is to challenge her to memorize scripture. Memorizing scripture is a crucial part of our walk with God:
“But his delight is in the law of the LORD, and in His law he meditates day and night.” – Psalm 1:2
“How can a young man keep his way pure? By guarding it according to your word….I have stored up your word in my heart, that I might not sin against you.” – Psalm 119:9, 11
Scripture memorization, spending time meditating on the Word and planting it in our hearts and minds, is a daily habit that will teach, guide, and help us grow in spiritual maturity.
Below are links to four resources that give concrete, easy steps for memorizing scripture. Look through these resources, use the suggestions that seem most helpful, select 1-3 verses to start with, and begin memorizing the verse(s). You can do this with your mentee! Each time you meet, practice the verse and hold each other hold accountable; talk about what the verse means and study it together. Don’t forget the goal isn’t simply to memorize scripture, but rather to be transformed by it as you renew your heart and mind with God’s Word.