Mentoring Matters: Building Strong Christian Leaders, Avoiding Burnout, Reaching the Finishing Line
Rick Lewis, Monarch Books
In the climate of our time of rapid change and dwindling church membership, Christian ministry can be very stressful.
Lewis argues that effective mentoring can not only maximise leaders’ potential, but also make ministry more sustainable in our troubled times.
Mentoring Matters covers the topic of mentoring comprehensively. Actually, what Lewis sets out as mentoring is effectively what the Uniting Church requires of all ministry agents: supervision.
Lewis makes a good case for supervision in ministry, among other things. He sets out the context, provides a biblical basis and argues for the role and attitude required for mentoring.
The book is also about the practice of mentoring: choosing a mentor; expectations of mentor and mentored; ways of getting the most out of the mentoring relationship; some of the challenges in mentoring; and so on.
There is also a chapter outlining some methods of mentoring appropriate to different mentoring situations.
Mentoring Matters is a good resource for understanding the considerable value of ministry supervision and mentoring, and putting it into practice.