Manifesting Mentors, Inc.
To help women understand their God-given purpose and start manifesting that purpose—Revelation which yields materialization.
Vision Scripture: Colossians 1:9-12
"Since the day we heard about you, we have not stopped praying for you and asking God to fill you with the knowledge of his will through all spiritual wisdom and understanding. We pray this in order that you may live a life worthy of the Lord and may please him in every way; bearing fruit in every good work, growing in the knowledge of God, being strengthened with all power according to his glorious might so that you may have great endurance and patience, and joyfully giving thanks to the Father who has qualified you to share in the inheritance of the saints in the kingdom of light."
What is Manifesting Mentors all about?
As I mentor others and seek to encourage leadership in the next generation, I most certainly do not want to "clone" or reproduce leaders who are just like me. What I want to do is grow leaders who are more like Jesus.
WHAT KIND OF A LEADER WAS JESUS?
- He had a purpose or goal: "I have come to do the will of my father"; "I have come that they might have life".
- He kept in close touch with his father through prayer: He prayed at the beginning of his ministry, throughout his ministry and at the close of his earthly ministry.
- He was not proud of his position: Philippians 2 tells us that though he was God he became a servant and "humbled" himself.
- He was both strong and gentle: strong in the temple when he overturned the tables and gentle when Mary broke a jar of expensive perfume and poured it on his body. Those around him were critical of the waste; Jesus commended her for doing what she could and said "She has done a beautiful thing".
- He cared for people and loved them: In Mark 5 we read of the woman who had been ill for many years and who just wanted to touch the hem of his clothes. Jesus was in the process of walking with a ruler of the synagogue whose daughter was very ill, when he was stopped by the woman's action. Although she might have appeared to others to be unimportant (we are, for example, told Jairus' name, but not hers) she was important to Jesus.
- His life was pure - without blemish - holy: "You were redeemed . . .with the precious blood of Christ, a lamb without blemish or defect." 1 Peter 1:19
- He was encouraging: When Martha wanted him to tell Mary to help with the meal preparation, Jesus encouraged Mary to continue sitting at his feet as a disciple.
- He forgave mistakes: Peter denied him three times, but Jesus gave him three opportunities to say that he loved him. John 21:15-17
As well as portraying wonderful characteristics of leadership, Jesus trained others to become leaders.
HOW DID JESUS MENTOR OR GROW LEADERS?
- He taught large groups from which some leaders would come; he chose a small group - the twelve - to specifically mentor and he spent time with individuals.
- He tried to help them understand his vision or goal and they did not always understand.
- He also gave them a goal: he sent them out two by two; and he gave them a commission: "Go into all the world and preach the Gospel."
- He taught them the need for holiness of life, a lesson which Peter learnt and sought to pass on through his letter: "Just as he who called you is holy, so be holy in all you do; for it is written: 'Be holy, because I am holy.'" 1 Peter 1:19
- He showed them the importance of prayer: He gave them actual words they could use as in "The Lord's Prayer" and also modeled the importance of prayer in his own life and ministry. They SAW him pray!
- He took the disciples with him and let them see him at work.
- He taught the importance of humility and lived it out in his daily life: He urged James' and John's mother not to seek the highest place for her sons and also taught guests at a Sabbath meal not to look for the best seat. - Luke 14.
- He mentored his disciples all the time by his life, his words, his actions: as they walked together, shared a boat; sat on a mountain; walked through a field - wherever they happened to be.
- Sometimes he surprised them by exposing them to a situation from which they would learn, but which they might not necessarily have sought: Jesus' decision to go through a Samaritan village which was not on the main route enabled him to share the news of the "Living Water" with a woman who went and told her whole village - John 4.
- Jesus taught his followers through stories which were visually arresting and which they probably would never forget.
- He loved them for who they were, not what they were to become even though he saw their potential. They mattered to him as people.
My aim as mentors or trainers/encouragers of others is not to REPRODUCE LEADERS who are just like me, but to GROW LEADERS who are like Jesus.