Mentoring seems to be something of a trendy buzzword lately…
Many people seem desperately hungry for some kind of ‘input’ and although much of my working life is spent in a church environment I think this must be happening in virtually every arena, as the sagging ‘self-help’ shelves in our bookstores testify.
I’m reading The Divine Mentor by Wayne Cordeiro at the moment and in the early chapters he encourages his readers to make the most of the wisdom in the Bible by spending time exploring what it has to say to them.
He cites an example of a member of his staff coming to him saying that they have decided to move on because they are ‘just not being fed’ and says that he challenged them with this story,
Imagine that my wife sees me one day gaunt and emaciated. My eyes are sunken into gray sockets; my body is frail, exposing my skeleton; my stomach is distended from starvation. I’ve obviously not been eating.
When she sees me in this condition, she exclaims, “What in the world is happening to you?!”
My answer is, “I’m not getting fed around here.”
Then, continuing my lament, “No-one is feeding me.”
What do you think her response would be?
Is it possible that the kind of ‘feeding’ (i.e. teaching or mentoring) people are used to getting is not quite the right kind of stuff…?
You’ve probably heard the Chinese proverb that says, “Give a man a fish and you feed him for a day. Teach a man to fish and you feed him for a lifetime.”
Perhaps the most important thing people need to be shown is how to make use of the available resources to teach and mentor themselves!