Spiritual Gift Mentoring
Ephesians 4.11 Now these are the gifts Christ gave to the church: the apostles, the prophets, the evangelists, and the pastors and teachers. 12 Their responsibility is to equip God’s people to do his work and build up the church, the body of Christ. 13 This will continue until we all come to such unity in our faith and knowledge of God’s Son that we will be mature in the Lord, measuring up to the full and complete standard of Christ.
14 Then we will no longer be immature like children. We won’t be tossed and blown about by every wind of new teaching. We will not be influenced when people try to trick us with lies so clever they sound like the truth. 15 Instead, we will speak the truth in love, growing in every way more and more like Christ, who is the head of his body, the church. 16 He makes the whole body fit together perfectly. As each part does its own special work, it helps the other parts grow, so that the whole body is healthy and growing and full of love.
The Scriptures teach us that Jesus has given spiritual gifts to believers for works of service in building up the church, and spreading the Gospel. The following framework is to help people grow in their spiritual gift through mentoring around that gift in particular. This is a framework for a mentoring either in a 1 on 1 context or in a mentoring group with a clear leader or mentor figure. It is designed for disciples who have a good understanding of the basics of Christianity and have engaged in the practices of a growing disciple.
The steps below are sequential, but the time spent in each one can vary from one session to maybe even one year. Each step should also be bathed in prayer.
STep 1 - Foundation:
If you are focusing on the function of a particular spiritual gift, begin your mentoring with a study of the Scriptures to properly understand the biblical contours of spiritual gifts in general and gaining a common grasp the particular gift in focus. Supplemental reading around particular spiritual gifts can be helpful at this time as well.
Step 2 - Modeling
Arrange an opportunity for the group or individual you are mentoring to watch you function in the particular gift in focus. For example, if the gift is leadership, have them watch you prepare and lead a meeting. If the gift is prophetic, have the watch how you prepare and lead a prophetic ministry time. After the session, have a time do debrief with the group or person you are mentoring.
Step 3 - Partnership
After laying a foundation, and then modeling how the gift works, arrange a time where you can partner together as a group or as individuals in ministering together using that particular gift. Debrief after the session.
Step 4 - Observation
In the next session, attend an event or meeting the person you are mentoring facilitates where they function in their gift and you watch them in action. Debrief afterwards.
Step 5 - Coaching
Use our coaching resource for ongoing development of that particular gift and relationship.