Being in relationship with a live personal mentor versus studying one from afar is the most significant way for a protégé to grow at the speed and depth necessary for them to reach their fullest potential. If protégés aren't under the close watch and care of a passionate, intentional, wise mentor, they'll always be one step behind. And, they may remain frustrated at their lack of ability and finesse in what they long to be great at, and what they yearn to accomplish through their leadership endeavors.
We all face the daunting challenge to develop ourselves and to develop the next generation of leaders who will shape the future of the church. Improving our thinking, sharpening our theology, adapting our approach, changing our paradigms, and sometimes adjusting our methodology, can be exactly what we need to help catalyze the church into having greater impact on the culture in which it exists.
The local church is full of possibility. I believe in what it can become. I'm convinced that when the church gets it right (which starts with leadership) we can see God do the impossible through us to impact our world. I'm convinced that we can radically influence the culture in which we live—the church has done it before, and we can do it again.
The hope of the church is to keep believing that we can make a real difference in our world. And most importantly, we've been entrusted to help usher more people into the kingdom of God and to see the kingdom of God bursting forth from the inside out.
With the help of one another and the power of God to reach our most broken places, every one of us can rise to the level worthy of our callings. I say to you what the apostle Paul once said to another community of influencers: "I urge you to live a life worthy of the calling you have received" (Ephesians 4:1).
Taken from Protégé: Developing Your Next Generation of Church Leaders by Steve Saccone, with Cheri Saccone. Copyright(c) 2012 by Steve and Cheri Saccone. Used by permission of InterVarsity Press, PO Box 1400, Downers Grove, IL 60515. www.ivpress.com.