Running head: THE LEADER AS MENTOR
The Leader as Mentor
Monica L. Sanders
Grand Canyon University-MIN-807
May 9, 2018
Leader as Mentor
As we use the life of Christ as a model of discipleship, the word discipleship is a new entity in today's society because it is never mentioned in the Bible by word only by deeds. Jesus commanded others to go out and become disciples. Discipleship, however, is essential as in Matthew 28:19-20. Referring to this scripture and using Christ as a model of discipleship, it is easy to identify the levels of discipleship that he left as an example.
Three Levels of discipleship of Jesus
Identifying the Three distinct levels of discipleship seems like a tricky question; however, those acts of Jesus stand out for Christians. Jesus displays acts of love, accountability, and the Word of God. Love, the greatest command from God in John 13:34-35 he states, his commandment of loving one another as we have been loved by GOD. The love that we demonstrate through this commandment others will observe. The love Jesus gave his disciples brought about a new image in a time of sin and degradation, when all hope seemed lost. Jesus’ love of Servant leadership offers a self-sacrifice.
When a person comes to Christ many times, they come to give Christ their life but end up being dropped and it sends them back into the world. Why? There was no love shown. Jesus was the epitome of love, but we are not showing it. Love covers a multitude of sin. Love pulls people closer, but we push people away. Love people without judging them. Love is shown through relationships. We must establish sincere friendships with those we are discipling. Can they trust you? Love through nurturing. Paul wrote a letter to the Church of Thessalonica because they were not displaying love. He asked them would he have risked so much if he did not love them. The love we have and show people we are discipling with pull out those blind spots of sin that need to be removed in their lives. (I Thessalonians 2:1-12)
Accountability as described in Luke 6:12, "After an all night prayer session, He chooses to create the new covenant community through the new "Twelve." He calls. He appoints. He commissions. We respond. Our temptation, in this day of proactive leadership, is to forget Who is in charge." (Wilson, 1990, p.74). Discipleship equals accountability as Jesus was the greatest accountability person we know. Accountability is defined as “willingness to accept responsibility or to account for one’s action.” I find accountability partners by asking the question, do they have the “ability” to “account” for me. Accountability does not give you the right to judge a person based on where they are. James 5:16 tells us to confess your sins to one another so that you might be healed. Accountability is discipleship through responsibility. When we are accountable for others, we are responsible for them. We must be candid with them.
The Word of God...