i’ve noticed a recent development that seems to me both potentially profitable and possibly problematic (wow! i find myself writing like rod parsley talks!).
there are a number of my blog heroes (randy elrod, tony morgan, tim stevens and the staff at granger to name a few) who are making themselves available for personal coaching. as i believe that mentoring is one of the most effective, biblical, and neglected ways to expand the kingdom, i applaud the efforts of these great leaders.
that is the exciting part of this equation.
this trend is problematic, though, in the sense that there is a chance that the most gifted and most needy young leaders among us may miss out on these incredible opportunities. and how does one go about “qualifying” to be mentored? is personal coaching simply available to those able to pay their registration fee (and i have no problem with these leaders/organizations charging for their expertise) and/or travel to a particular location? is this a case of “the rich get richer”?
paul wrote to timothy: “the things you have heard me say in the presence of many witnesses entrust to reliable men who will also be qualified to teach others.” (2 timothy 2:2)
how long does it take to know whether or not someone is “reliable”? and if we should seek out “qualified” people to mentor, what type of vetting process is required?
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to his credit, ben addresses the “is this person reliable and qualified” question with an extensive application. and he addresses “the rich get richer” dilemma by offering scholarships. and geography is not an obstacle because “dream year” takes place in an online environment. but does it meet the requirements of 2 timothy 2:2? can real mentoring happen online? and does it take longer than a year?
the movement with which i am affiliated is credentialing people at an unprecedented rate (will drive-in ordination be next?) and is furiously seeking more candidates. does kingdom expansion automatically happen by virtue of having more ministers? and beyond formal training, who is teaching these new “preachers” compassion? and servanthood? and abandonment?