"This feature of Paul's work contains an important lesson for ministers today. The apostle made it a part of his work to educate young men for the office of the ministry. He took them with him on his missionary journeys, and thus they gained an experience that later enabled them to fill positions of responsibility. When separated from them, he still kept in touch with their work, and his letters to Timothy and to Titus are evidences of how deep was his desire for their success. Experienced workers today do a noble work when, instead of trying to carry all the burdens themselves, they train younger workers and place burdens on their shoulders."


a. Principle Focus (review)

Mentor--one who serves as a wise and trusted counselor or teacher to a younger or more inexperienced protege. The purpose is to develop future leaders and involves the vision of the mentor.

b. Scriptural Foundation (study)

Proverbs 1 is full of the type of mentoring talk that a person being mentored would share. The advice would cover the nuts and bolts of doing ministry, but also general areas of life, maturity, and commonsense items.

c. Behavior Outcomes (model)

  • I will find someone who is interested in ministry or some area that I can teach or model in so that I can develop a mentoring type of relationship.
  • In a broader sense I will mentor whoever, whenever, and wherever I can. God needs dedicated ministers, and this is one way to contribute to the system. I will always be training someone.

d. Personal Assessment (evaluate)

How satisfied am I with the development of this characteristic in my ministry? (Circle one.)

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e. Action Plan (implement)

What will I do to increase my effectiveness in this area? (Write your intentions.)


"Lord, send me the right person even as you sent Timothy to Paul. Of course, let me be patient with whoever comes my way and learn from the situation with Paul and John Mark. Like each of us, we won't find perfect people out there. They have to be discovered and developed. On a more personal note, Lord, continue to nurture me, please."