INTRODUCTION TO GODLY/CHRISTIAN MENTORSHIP

What is Mentorship?Webster’s dictionary states that Mentoring is teaching or giving advice or guidance to someone, such as a less experienced person or child. I consider godly mentorship to be a life journey that two people, one more mature (more experienced) and another less mature (less experienced), take for as long as they both purpose it to be.

Although we do not find the words “mentor”, “mentoring” or “mentorship” in the Bible, which speaks to Christians in terms of Discipleship, we can still safely agree that mentorship is Biblically based on the numerous examples of mentoring in the Bible. Mentoring someone entails more than merely passing on knowledge about God. It is a deliberate practical relationship that involves showing people how to love and serve God in every area of their life. A mentor establishes a close relationship with a mentee through fellowship, modeling, practical assistance and prayer support influencing the mentee to gain a deeper comprehension of divine truth, lead a ‘godlier’  life and render more effective service to God.

In this case, Christian mentoring is somewhat different than secular mentoring. Christians are constantly striving to be like Christ, and part of our mentoring must be to show the right reactions to our sins, temptations, and trials. All Christians, as we mature in our faith and sanctification, should seek to mentor others and to help them to become like Christ. Becoming a Christian mentor is a powerful way of exerting a life-on-life influence on people so that they can be transformed. It works even in the secular world.

Mentors are change agents that walk alongside their mentees, setting an example of how to live a Christian life, with the understanding that the ultimate source of true-life transformation is the Holy Spirit by the Word of God. The mentors are skillfully and prayerfully utilized within the Body of Christ.

In the next article, we will discuss how to develop the mentor-mentee relationship and their roles.

Mary is a Rhema Zambia graduate of 2019 and works as Liaison Officer at Set Apart International, where she also serves as a Mentor (Big Sister). Set Apart International is an NGO whose vision is to raise a generation of young men and women who become agents of positive change by choosing to be set apart from the negative influences of this world. This is achieved by offering godly mentorship and support to young people across Zambia and the world.

 

The Equip Africa Conference is an annual three-day conference that takes place in March at Miracle Life Family Church.

The conference is focused on equipping leaders and those serving in the local Church with the necessary tools needed in order to serve effectively. It is a place where godly leaders and those actively serving come together for a time of praise and worship, fellowship and growing in the word.

The next Equip Conference will be held from 20 March – 22 March 2020. This year’s guest speakers are Revs. Walker & Haley Schurz (Zambia) and Rev. Kirk Dubois (USA)

To Register for the conference, please CLICK HERE.

KEEP GROWING

My life and ministry journey has been one of great joy. My wife Mary and I went into ministry in 2015 and at the time, I was leading the Cavendish Christian Fellowship. I had just started a ministry called Born and Destined to Reign, whose purpose was to help young people discover their identity and purpose. Mary started attending the fellowship and soon served as a supportive minister. During that time, I served at Set Apart International as Head of Protocol and Ushering, while Mary volunteered on the ushering as well as hospitality teams.

While at university, I had a prompt from God to go to Bible school and someone recommended Rhema Zambia. After attending an open day, I enrolled in the 2016 class. Incidentally, I was appointed as a mentor at Set Apart International. That year, Mary and I got engaged. While at Rhema, I began to learn the truth about who I was and who Jesus was to me. It took me the entire first year to trust what I was being taught as truth after much self-study and comparing class notes with the Bible. For the first time, I understood what it meant to be born again. I started to correct my errors when teaching and stopped living my life to please people, but chose to live by the truth. I realized that it was not right for me to pastor people who belonged to other churches and that God did not want me in ministry because I owed Him for saving me. I closed down the fellowship, sent people to their churches and encouraged them to submit to their pastors.Whilst at Rhema, there was so much that I was learning and immediately started applying. The transformation in my life was so evident that Mary decided to attend Rhema. I am grateful that we both had the privilege of receiving the same sound doctrinal training. This has helped us do life, ministry, and marriage as well as hold each other accountable to the truths we received. I have been applying the tools and skills I learned from Rhema to develop as well as nurture my God-given gifts to make a Godly impact in people’s lives. Mary and I serve together as mentors at Set Apart International, traveling to different towns instructing young people. Mary works as Liaison Officer at Set Apart and recently joined the Merge Young Adults leadership team at Miracle Life Family Church. My passion to provide financial solutions to people birthed a financial business called Kaboo Solutions Limited which I ran until September 2019. I then joined Rhema Zambia as Campus Director.

We have both continued to grow and develop ourselves spiritually, psychologically and intellectually through mentorship and personal development programs. My advice to the Rhema family is:

  • Do not fear losing people or anything for the sake of the truth you have believed in the word of God.
  • While waiting on the Lord in or before your ministry starts, use the gifts God has given you to earn yourself a living. God desires that you eat the good of the land and will bless your ideas.
  • Serve faithfully in your church; be the driver, toilet man or whatever you desire to be. Do it without aspiring to obtain any position. Serve faithfully and God will open doors for you.
  • Do not stop growing; focus on the vision God has given you, study and learn to grow yourself in that area.
  • Paul ‘2017 & Mary Simujayangombe ‘2019

 

Small Groups 

 

RECHARGE is a safe and healthy environment where Rhema Alumni of the same interests and career paths, can be encouraged and find support for one another in smaller groups.

It is a platform for communication, care, sharing victories and challenges, supporting each other spiritually, materially and remain committed to the Rhema Spirit.

We invite you to join a RECHARGE group in January 2020. Contact the Rhema Alumni office via email alumni@rhemazambia.org about how you can register.

PARTNER WITH US

What a privilege and honor it is to serve God and be entrusted with a glorious assignment such as the Great Commission. This “co-mission” requires us to partner not just with Christ, but with each other as laborers to reach the world for Jesus.

Rhema Zambia partners are vital members of the Rhema family. Through their prayers and financial support, they make it possible for us to reach generations, cultures, and nations to share the Good News of Jesus Christ and the message of faith in God.

If you have been helped, strengthened or blessed through Rhema Zambia or are just looking to contribute to expanding the kingdom of God, we encourage you to become a Rhema Zambia Partner.

Rhema Zambia partners are vital members of the Rhema family. Through their prayers and financial support, they make it possible for us to reach generations, cultures, and nations to share the Good News of Jesus Christ and the message of faith in God.

In January 2020, we will introduce two additional mobile money-giving platforms for your convenience. Please indicate your Partner ID code as your transaction reference as shown below. These go with your Rhema student ID or individual partner number which will be given.

For example: AP007
Student Partner (SP)
Alumni Partner (AP)
Individual/ Institutional Partner (IP)

Bank
Account Number: 62 615 862 697
Account Name: Rhema Bible Training Center Zambia Limited
Bank Name: First National Bank- FNB
Branch Code: 260 001

Mobile
Airtel Money: +260 889 000 209
MTN Money: +260 762 965 188

For more information, contact us at partnerships@rhemazambia.org

Developing Emotionally Mature Leaders by Aubrey Malphurs: There are many things that make up a great leader. The ability to motivate, to see the big picture and to delegate. But perhaps just as important, if not more so, is the leader’s emotional intelligence (EQ). How we feel impacts how we lead, and how those we lead feel about themselves when they’re around us affects how well they follow our leadership. It follows then that if we want to be the most effective leaders, we must be emotionally mature.
Developing A Vision For Ministry by Aubrey Malphurs: This book will help you develop and define unique, realistic, and appropriate goals for your ministry. It will help you have a vision that is far-reaching and focused on the details. This vision is what will separate churches with a hodge-podge of ineffective programs and activities from churches that reach people effectively, efficiently, and consistently with the Good News.
Maximizing Your effectiveness by Aubrey Malphurs: Maximizing Your Effectiveness will help you match who you are and your unique spiritual gifts, passions, temperament, talents, and leadership style with the ministry areas where you can best serve Christ’s Church. It is a practical guide that will take you step by step through the process of reaching your full ministry potential for the kingdom of God and discover the peaceful satisfaction that comes from living and serving according to your divine design.

God has given us the power to possess that which He has bestowed on us through Christ Jesus. The confession of His word by faith is the key that opens the door to the incomparable blessing waiting for us. Mark Hankins illustrates how our confession takes us to victory

 

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