Women are starting to see themselves as spiritual warriors in God's military. They start to win spiritual battles in their minds, through the truth of God's Word and by the power of the Holy Spirit. In the words of one mentee, "Through this ministry, God was preparing me for the battle but I just didn't know it. I chose to believe the testimony that God is good and on the throne; otherwise, I wouldn't have made it."
6. When we mentor like Jesus, women start to value the diversity within the community of believers and seek to build up the church and community as a whole. We have opportunities to "submit to one another out of reverence for Christ" (Ephesians 5:21). Mentors and mentees learn from each other, and peer-to-peer mentoring also takes place. The breadth of experiences and God's hand at work in our individual lives enhance the body, encourage our testimonies, and strengthen our faith (1 Corinthians 12–13). Most important, the women are learning the truth of James 5:16: "The prayer of a righteous person is powerful and effective" (NIV). Intercessory prayer is an invaluable part of the mentoring group's time together, and women are experiencing freedom, healing, and strength at the mighty hand of the Lord.
What are some lessons you have learned concerning mentoring and discipleship?
Natasha Sistrunk Robinson serves as co-director (along with Nikki Kober) of the Women's Mentoring Ministry at Cornerstone Baptist Church in Greensboro, North Carolina. She is the founder, writer, and speaker for His Glory on Earth Ministries, a member of the Redbud Writers Guild, and a full-time student at Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary. Connect with Natasha through her blog, Twitter, or Facebook.