Church Leadership
Serious About Discipleship? Mentoring Is Better Than Curriculum
Small churches have a serious advantage when it comes to discipleship. If we’ll use the right tools.

Curriculum doesn't connect us to a church body. People do. People who love Jesus and show us how to love him, too. People who love us enough to invest their time in us.

Again, curriculum is not bad. The issue isn't whether we use it, but how much we rely on it. The concentration in discipleship needs to be on the mentoring relationship, not on the curriculum.

Curriculum can make us think we've been discipled when all we've done is finish the classes.

Curriculum can make us think we've been discipled when all we've done is finish the classes.

But Mentoring Is Hard!

I know what many pastors are thinking as you read this. Especially small church pastors, because I’m one of you.

Mentoring sounds hard.

You barely have time to do the basic pastoring tasks in your church, let alone mentor everyone, no matter how big or small your church may be. Buying a book or a curriculum packet is so much easier than a hands-on investment in all those lives.

I get it. I thought the same thing for many years. But mentoring is not about asking any one person, including the pastor, to be responsible for all the discipleship in a church.

The beauty of mentoring is that it doesn’t just create smarter Christians. It raises up new mentors. That’s one of the huge advantages of a mentoring-based discipleship process over one that’s curriculum-based.

So how can we institute a mentoring process in our churches – especially our smaller churches?

I'm glad you asked. In my next post we’ll walk through that, withMentoring Is Better than Curriculum: Seven Steps to Better Discipleship.

Let's bring mentoring back.

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August 24, 2015 at 10:32 AM

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