While browsing through materials provided by the North American Mission Board in preparation for the mentor training of church planters, two questions came to mind: “Why is mentoring church planters important?” and “Why be intentional in mentoring church planters?”
- Intentional, intensive relationships produce positive impact in a person’s life and ministry.
- Studies indicate that church planters who meet regularly with a mentor for three years lead churches two times the size of those without a mentor.
- Our environment today causes widespread feelings of rootless and disconnected relationships.
- There is a lack of healthy leadership models for church planters to emulate.
- Too many church planting leaders are not finishing well.
- Many church planters find themselves isolated and lonely.
- The problems church planters are facing cause high levels of frustration and burnout.
- It provides accountability.
- It promotes and encourages success.
- We are involved in spiritual warfare.
- Church planting must always be understood in terms of teamwork.
So, who is your mentor?