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    By Jean S. Horner
    The other day while walking down a corridor in a public building, I saw what appeared to be someone walking toward me. On coming closer, I found it was my own reflection in a huge mirror. For a moment it frightened me. Somehow a full-length reflection of one’s self is a startling thing. ...




A Day at a Time: Mentors

By Scott Harrup
Sept. 22, 2013

Earl Creps, Assemblies of God educator and pastor, leads 360church in Berkeley, Calif., a congregation committed to engaging the larger community and particularly students at the nearby University of California campus. (Visit 360church.net for more information.) Creps has invested decades in ministry to students, and is always looking for ways to learn from them as well as to serve them.

Creps’ 2008 book, Reverse Mentoring, turns upside down the standard model for mentoring. He explores how older church leaders can gain insight from younger leaders, and he gives practical expression to ways young people can positively influence their elders.

Ken Horn’s feature this week, “Layers of Influence,” looks at the traditional direction of a mentoring relationship. He profiles people who remained committed to sharing of themselves with others right to the end of life.

In whichever direction a mentoring relationship develops, it reflects a fundamental characteristic of the body of Christ. Every member of the Body has something valuable to offer the others.

“God has placed the parts in the body, every one of them, just as he wanted them to be. If they were all one part, where would the body be? As it is, there are many parts, but one body” (1 Corinthians 12:18-20, NIV).

The apostle Paul presented this overarching view of the Church, Christ’s body, with no restrictions placed on age, gender, or position in life. We’re all valuable to each other, end of story. That doesn’t eliminate specific ways in which Christians may serve in roles of authority; it simply calls for the Church to recognize and utilize every member’s gifts.

As you read “Layers of Influence,” take stock of the mentors in your life. You may be surprised to identify influential members from several generations.

Next, evaluate your own commitment to be a mentor. God has created you with gifts He wants you to share with others. You are one of the "layers" He is wrapping into the lives of those around you.

Scott Harrup
Managing Editor

 

 

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