Mentoring can be counted to take the age of modern civilization. Throughout human history, mentoring was the primary vehicle of imparting knowledge, skills, experience and value from one generation to another.
“Teach them the decrees and laws, and show them the way to live and the duties they are to perform.” (Ex. 18:20)
This advice was given to the great leader Moses by his father-in-law the priest of Midian and it has become close to being the mentoring paradigm of today. From there, followed several mentoring relationships where the impartation of God’s ways and power were made from generation to generation. This survived several generations but unfortunately, there was poor preservation and what is left of mentoring in today’s practice is lacking in the qualities and principles that once characterized it. The benefits and impact of mentoring are not widespread across the churches of today, but in recent years, many have observed that God is gradually bringing to the remembrance of several churches all over the world the value and importance of mentoring. Mightily, He has raised people to behold that vision of mentoring and these have gone forth to restore the divine culture of mentoring in the body of Christ.
The world today has advanced accordingly with improved technology and techniques that made modern learning contingent on classrooms, interactive videos, computers etc. We don’t disagree that these methods of learning are effective, but it is sad that because people are increasingly grown on technology these days, many have become relationally deficient and self-centered. Each man works for his own, towards his own good and benefits, most of the time relying heavily if not solely on the resources technology provides. The healthy relational interdependence that comes from relationships where iron sharpens iron is almost non-existent for some. We view this as a pitiful state of the body of Christ because God has not intended for us to be isolated thus. Instead, God has given us a spiritual family made up of believers. Here are the parents, the teachers and the friends who will accompany us as we grow up in the faith. This family is where we can find guidance, support, empowerment and encouragement as we grow towards maturity in the faith. With this in mind, let us approach the topic of mentoring.
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