In my role of teaching pastoral theology at a seminary, one lesson I continually harp on with young men preparing for the pastorate is their need for a mentor.
Many discipleship ministries such as The Navigators promote the II Timothy 2:2 Principle, “The things which you have heard from me in the presence of many witnesses, entrust these to faithful men who will be able to teach others also.” Yet we should be reminded that these words were first spoken by an older minister, Paul, to a younger minister, Timothy, in the context of the church (“in the presence of many witnesses”). This mentoring is exactly what Paul gave to Timothy in their travels together and in the epistles that bear his name.
No man can receive all that he will need for a lifetime of ministry at a seminary. For success in ministry, it is essential that young ministers have an older, wiser man to provide ongoing guidance, teaching, and training. Too many young ministers wipe out with self-inflicted wounds that might have been avoided with more counseling and coaching. I am aware there are professional sites and ministries such as this one where a pastor can go and, in a sense, […]