I’ve written before on the critical subject of mentoring. It’s easy as a preacher to be too busy to invest in mentoring relationships. It’s also easy to miss the heart of what we are called to in ministry. I’ve just started The Making of a Mentor by Ted Engstrom and Ron Jenson. Pointing to Paul’s example in 1Thessalonians 2:7-12, they underline the importance of relationships in ministry. I’d like to share their quote from Harry Stack Sullivan, an eminent psychologist in the field of interpersonal relationships:
“All personal damage and regression, as well as all personal healing and growth, come through our relationships with others. There is a persistent, if uninformed, suspicion in most of us that we can solve our own problems and be the masters of our ships of life. But the fact of the matter is that by ourselves we can only be consumed by our problems and suffer shipwreck.”
Two simple questions. Who are you allowing to invest in you? Who are you investing in?