Leaving a Spiritual Legacy

Making a lasting impact requires close relationships.

As you plan your role in your church's small group ministry, it's important to remember the key principle behind your role as spiritual mentor: More time spent with fewer people has a greater impact. Let's break this down:

1. The starting point of all effective mentoring is RELATIONSHIP. Mark 3:14 says, "And he chose 12, whom he named apostles. 'I have chosen you to be with me,' he told them. 'I will also send you out to preach.'"

2. More than teaching, effective mentoring is SPIRITUAL FATHERING. First Corinthians 4:15 says, "Even though you have 10,000 guardians in Christ, you do not have many fathers, for in Christ Jesus I became your father through the gospel."

3. Effective spiritual fathering requires good MODELING. First Thessalonians 2:10 says, "You are witnesses, and so is God, of how holy, righteous and blameless we were among you who believed."

First Corinthians 11:1, "Follow my example as I follow the example of Christ," reminds us that we cannot pass on what we do not possess.

4. Effective spiritual fathering requires SPIRITUAL LEADERSHIP. First Thessalonians 2:11-12 says, "For you know that we dealt with each of you as a father deals with his own children, encouraging, comforting and urging you to live lives worth of God, who calls you into his kingdom and glory." But you must be skillful and wise to know when each of these is needed.

article Preview

This article is currently available to SmallGroups.com subscribers only. To continue reading:

free newsletter

Sign Up For Our weekly Newsletter Regular access to innovative training resources, Bible-based curriculum, and practical articles.

Related

%%item-2.title%%
Embracing the Unsatisfied Life
Building sustainable faith in your small group
%%item-2.title%%
9 Ways to Help Group Members Take Ownership of Problems
The struggle is real—and we have to own it if we want to change.
%%item-2.title%%
How to Make the Bible Central in Small Groups
And the shift in leader training that makes all the difference.
%%item-2.title%%
How to Pursue Spiritual Growth in Small Groups
3 keys to experience lasting life change
%%item-2.title%%
Hungry for Transformation
Ruth Barton shares what it takes to experience life change in small groups.
%%item-2.title%%
Go Deeper with Spiritual Disciplines
Everything you need to engage spiritual practices individually and in a group