Nobody has time to mentor. In fact, conversations with Christian leaders reveal that the number one reason they don't take on a disciple or facilitate a mentoring program is that they simply have no time.
And yet, the leadership of Richland Bible Fellowship (a 1,500-member congregation in Dallas, Texas, a Palm Pilot mecca that heralds its Starbucks-infused 70-hour workweek) takes the time.
Here are three of their stories.
For more than fifteen years, Mark Engelthaler, executive pastor, has mentored one man per year, and now many of these men mentor others. Almost ten years ago, Mark's wife, Lesa, began a women's mentoring program. In 2004, senior pastor Bill Brewer launched a men's mentoring program. These stories show that mentoring can be adapted to fit your unique circumstances, and most important, that it's worth your time.
As full-time ministry leaders or committed volunteers, everyone feels the time crunch. Bill, Mark, and Lesa are no different. But Lesa points to something Dallas Theological ...1