From the Rep’s Corner

Mentoring and Coaching – Investing in Others

Pouring in versus drawing out – that’s one of the simplest ways to differentiate between mentoring and coaching.

There is a time and a place for pouring into, or mentoring, others. Those who have more life experience, wisdom, and Biblical knowledge have a responsibility to pass on what they know to those who are younger, whether in age or faith. Paul’s word to Timothy was to “entrust to reliable people who will also be qualified to teach others” (2 Timothy 2:2).  Multiplication of disciples at its finest – tell them what I told you, so they can tell others!

Mentoring says, “I love you enough to give you everything that I have. I want to see you succeed; here’s what I know to help you do that.”

Life Coaching, on the other hand, says, “I believe you have what it takes to figure this out. I love you enough to listen and give you my full attention while you talk through this and create your own plan of action and change.”

Coaches use open-ended questions to draw out what a person has in them. Additionally, Christian coaches rely on the principles that God initiates change and that His sheep hear His voice. Coaching keeps the responsibility for growth and change with the coachee. Though asking and listening takes more time than telling, the impact is powerful.

Within the ministry of Teen Challenge, both mentoring and coaching have their place. Both say to students, interns and staff, “I’m invested in you.” They just say it differently.

Ask yourself:

  • Who in my realm of influence would benefit from mentoring or coaching?
  • What is the impact of mentoring on a conversation? Of coaching on a conversation?
  • When is it most appropriate to use mentoring in your ministry? When is coaching most effective?
  • What’s one step you can take this month to grow in the disciplines of mentoring and/or coaching?

Article submitted by: Angela Hastings (ELP Rep/Coach, Hosanna House)

Insights from the Reps

There is no orientation course for servant leadership. John 10:7 says, “Truly. Truly, I say to you, I am the door of the sheep.” The only true way to lead our students is through good-shepherd-jesus-christ-the-i-43875Jesus in our personal lives. We must have our own salvation worked out daily if we ever will learn how to lead others. This is the only model of leadership that brings about true
discipleship. This is what truly separates the hired hand from the shepherd.

John 10:12-13 says, “He who is a hired hand and not a shepherd, who does not own the sheep, sees the wolf coming and leaves the sheep, and flees, and the wolf snatches them and scatters them. He flees because he is a hired hand and cares nothing for the sheep,”

Many who are called into this ministry fall upon fatigue and warfare due to the inconsistency of the first principle mentioned above. If we are not receiving Jesus for ourselves, how do we possibly stand to be surprised by the warfare we entangle ourselves in? I don’t want to be the hired hand that seeks a position or visibility, only to abandon the sheep. I desire more than that. I want to be like the Good Shepherd, going before the sheep and laying down my life like Jesus. We all have to avoid self-preservation, like the hired hand that soon flees when the warfare comes.

If we ever want to truly raise up spiritual sons and daughters in Teen Challenge, we must learn the methods of the Good Shepherd. We must go before our students and exemplify servant leadership. I pray that we will come together with a desire to awaken the sons and daughters of God within this ministry. Through this, will we will form a radical band of disciples, called Gen Next.

Written by Brittany Hughes (ELP REP Southwest FL Women’s)