While we were students at Miami University, involved in student ministry, one of the most exciting things to grasp is the power of multiplication. In ministry it is so easy to want to be the one with all the wisdom, able to share with whoever would hear, but in that model your impact can only be the people with whom you are spending time. That is spiritual addition, where our vision is to add to the kingdom. While this is good, it does not fully maximize others in the body of Christ to see God’s kingdom potential fully realized.
This is why the idea of mobilizing others into discipleship is so exciting, and why we were so encouraged by Cru Millennials 2018 edition of the Mentor Millennial Initiative. Through a process of recruiting, networking and partnering with local churches, we were able to match 15 millennials to older Christians in their field of work or at the church they attend. Often mentors are willing and able, and just need the littlest bit of encouragement and training to be able to yes to discipleship with a younger Christian. And their wisdom and experience in their industry is invaluable and something that we can not offer to our millennials.
The mentors receive a coaches training through an executive coach, Sarah Evers, and often they find they are able to not just use the training in the mentoring relationship, but in their work as they seek to lead and relate to other employees. It is exciting to think about what God can do with these 30 Christians now engaged in discipleship, and we pray that as they meet together, pray, and study God’s word together, they will feel empowered to both live and share their faith in their work places.