One gives freely, yet grows all the richer; another withholds what he should give, and only suffers want. Whoever brings blessing will be enriched, and the one who waters will himself be watered. ~ Proverbs 11:24-25
As Christian leaders we must trust God to direct our path and equip us for what he calls us to do. My experience has been that he often sends mentors into our lives, divinely ordained, to bring out his best in us. I’ve been blessed with many mentors in my life. Some directly influenced me for years, while others arrived at the perfect time and deposited in me the exact wisdom I needed for the moment.
I could never directly return to my mentors all that they have given me, but I know I can transfer their wisdom into the leaders I now touch. It wasn’t until I intentionally started to invest in others that I fully understood the truth about God’s economy. It is in the giving where we are most blessed.
Christian Leadership Alliance (CLA ) exists to equip and unite leaders to transform the world for Christ. It’s that final outcome that unites us and it’s through our willingness to invest in each other that God equips us. A mentoring relationship can be the most powerful and transformational experience a leader encounters. The benefits for both the mentor and the mentee are profound and life changing.
For the past year CLA has engaged in research and development to understand the value of mentoring to its members. Based on the findings, CLA sought the right platform to enable mentoring relationships to form and flourish. Gathering feedback from Christian leaders via surveys, focus groups, and then completing a 90-day pilot, the development team gained the insight required to make this new experience possible for you.
Visit The Outcomes Mentoring Network website. There you’ll learn everything you need to know about this unique experience. Simply provide your contact information via the APPLY button and CLA will alert you as soon as it’s time for you to complete your mentoring profile.
Interviews and matching happens during November and December so cohorts will be ready to launch their mentoring relationships in January of 2015.
I encourage you to reach beyond the boundaries of your own organization and learn from other Christian leaders from across the country and around the world. If you currently lead an organization, consider how this experience could rapidly accelerate the development your emerging leaders.
Just as Paul invested into Timothy, God advances and accomplishes his purpose when men and women are willing to invest in each other for the good of the Kingdom. Whether it is your role is to be a mentor or mentee, there is value in what you are called to give and receive.
Give, and it will be given to you. A good measure, pressed down, shaken together and running over, will be poured into your lap. For with the measure you use, it will be measured to you. – Luke 6:37-38
Tami Heim is the president and CEO of Christian Leadership Alliance, which is an alliance of mission focused Christians who lead in today’s high-impact Christian nonprofit ministries, churches, educational institutions, and businesses.