What’s the Difference? Advisor, Coach, Consultant, Mentor

Solomon said in Ecclesiastes there is nothing new under the sun; life is full of cycles. It is amazing when each generation feels they have discovered something new and exciting. Occasionally, an older generation watches a trend come back around and chuckles at the younger generation’s excitement of what they discovered only for them to find out it is not new. In our present day of electronic media, the younger crowd is often disappointed when they find out their favorite television show or movie is a remake from just a few decades ago. Or the song they hear on a commercial or theme to their favorite show or movie was written when their grandparents were their age.

This “everything old is new again” idea also affects our churches. Today you can find videos and online articles sharing the latest and best new ideas for ministry. There has been a renewed interest in discipleship in the church with an increased interest in focusing on those in ministry. The emphasis of being a Barnabas to Paul and a Paul to Timothy while encouraging Timothy to teach others is the “new” thing in ministry leadership. Words like mentoring, coaching, consulting, and advising are found everywhere. This is not a new idea, but if not understood from a true biblical perspective, it can be done to the detriment of the church.

Worldly philosophy is penetrating our churches at a record pace. Understanding what is needed to truly disciple not only church members but also to build those in the ministry is needed today just as it always has been. If you look up the words mentor, coach, consultant, and advisor you will find that they are all synonyms. However, there are specific nuances to each word that one must understand in order to see the differences. Having a clear understanding of the differences of each word and using them in discipleship can really be the new/old invention you are looking for to transform your ministry.

Advisor: One with knowledge sharing with another. They ask questions for understanding.

Wanting to ensure a new generation is well-trained and equipped for the ministry, those who are experienced often give advice to the younger or less experienced. Advice is important when helping someone facing a specific ministry issue. The nuance for advice is that the person receiving the advice decides whether to follow it or not. In order to disciple the next generation, we do need to give advice, but we need to be prepared and not be surprised when they do not follow it. Sometimes, someone simply will not learn unless it is from experience. This may be why so many give up on the young ones and blame them for not listening. If Barnabas was there simply to give Paul advice, he would have quit early. Barnabas encouraged Paul for years before Paul began having a great impact on the world. If Paul only advised Timothy, Paul would not have spoken with confidence in his last instructions to Timothy prior to his own finishing the course. Helping the next generation, while fulfilling the commission given by Christ, is not a short-term project.

Coach: Developing the skills and abilities that another possesses. They ask questions so they can know the one being coached knows the answer.

Some look at helping the younger generation and those less experienced as being a coach to them. Coaching seems easy from the bleachers. After a play or a game, outsiders pontificate of what they would have done and often criticize the coach and the player. However, coaching is more difficult than you know. What makes a good coach? A coach does not need to possess expertise in all aspects of the game. A coach does not even need to have the skills and abilities to do what they are coaching someone else to do. To play the game of golf on the professional level, you must be in top physical and mental condition. A golfer must have a consistent swing, which includes a consistent body stance and movement. Those who master all the needed elements become world renown and make a lot of money. Do these skills come naturally? Basic skills? Maybe. However, to develop those skills to greatness it takes a good coach. A coach helps the athlete to develop behaviors that will achieve the desired results.

If we are going to disciple the next generation of leaders, we need to learn to coach. We need to observe behaviors that need to change to obtain the desired results. Coaching encourages the person to see negative behaviors causing issues and show them the changes needed to achieve the desired results. If a golfer wants to consistently hit the golf ball centered down the fairway 250 yards away, then the behaviors of the stance, swing, and club must all be correct every time they hit the ball. As a coach, yelling at them for doing it wrong or giving advice on how to do better will not work. A coach must help the player identify and address each behavior causing the wrong result and help the person change the behaviors keeping them from the desired result. Even if the person hits the ball one time 250 yards in the fairway it does not mean the coach can stop coaching. The desired outcome is consistency. As coaches in ministry we are not giving advice, we are investing our time and wisdom to help develop the gifts and abilities God has given those we are to help. This is a long-term, on-going process. However, coaches do not dictate actions, or demand compliance.

Consultant: One having the expertise telling the another what to do. They ask questions to determine the willingness of the one to listen and do what they have been told.

From time to time we may be called on to consult with a person or ministry. People often confuse coaching and consulting. These two are mutually exclusive to each other; they are not the same or simultaneous in action. Coaching directs one to a specific behavior to see a desired outcome. Consulting points out inefficiencies or inconsistencies and provides clear direction as to the task ahead. Consulting demands experience in the field in which they are declaring changes to be made. There are areas I would qualify as a consultant and there are areas I would not. Simply having some experience in an area does not qualify someone to be a consultant. A consultant in ministry could only truly consult on areas in which they are trained, experienced, and fluent. A coach is one who can diagnose the behaviors needed to do the task, develop the person’s skills by being their accountability to the task, while discussing or debriefing others on how they are doing in reaching those goals.

Mentor: One with wisdom sharing their life to another to add wisdom to the mentee. They ask questions to go deep into the life and heart of the person to bring growth of life.

I can give advice that you can take or leave. I can coach by taking the time to encourage you to do what is needed to accomplish the task. In some areas, I can consult with pinpoint accuracy as to what needs to be done to resolve an issue. However, if I am going to be the one who is biblically discipling, then I need to mentor those who are coming behind me. Mentoring may include giving advice, coaching, and consulting but it requires a level high above these three areas. The dictionary definition of mentoring is the act of advising or training another, especially a younger colleague. When you look further into the definition, as used in the business world, we find that there is the added part of establishing a long-term personal relationship. Mentoring involves a long-term commitment by both parties to see a desired outcome. This outcome is not merely in one area of need or level of learning.

This outcome is in the full and complete level of life. Paul mentored Timothy until his (Paul’s) death. The desire of Paul was that Timothy would do the same for someone else. The mentor relationship allows for deep penetrating involvement in another’s life. This requires that the mentor be equipped to take on the intense involvement in the life of another. All the mentee’s life struggles become yours. All their deep burdens become yours. This is when the full understanding of the scriptures of weeping with those who weep and rejoicing with those who rejoice come into play. This relationship requires that the mentee allow a mentor to become deeply involved in their lives. To be in a mentor to mentee relationship requires commitment. The commitment includes complete openness to accountability. There is a commitment of time, energy, and a passion to see the desired outcome completed. Both must be committed to this with no reservations for a true mentorship to work.

A mentor from time to time may give advice, which means they acknowledge that the mentee has the option to take or leave the advice. A mentor may do some coaching to help correct certain behaviors in order to achieve desired results. A mentor may have expertise in a specific area to consult on what you are doing wrong and make the corrections. But, if they are going to be a mentor, they will be passionate on seeing the mentee finish the task. The mentee will see all of these helps coming from someone who is as passionate about every aspect of their lives as they are. If being mentored is more than you are looking for then continue to simply seek advice from time to time or find someone’s input on what you are doing wrong or look for someone to tell you what to do with no commitment.

The body of Christ, the church, needs more genuine mentors and mentees. We need Paul’s giving their lives to Timothy’s to ensure another generation will continue with the truth. I have had a few that took the time to invest in my life with great passion. Early on in my ministry life there were some who fed into me great passion for the ministry. God took some of them on to Glory early on. I would have loved to have had more investment in my life from them. I remember early in my call to ministry praying a prayer I had learned from my earliest mentor: “Lord, I may not make a great impact for you in this world, but please make me an impact on the life of one who will be.” If we would truly become mentors and encourage others to be truly mentored to become mentors, what a change the church would experience.

Merging Churches? Can We Really Do That?

This question seems to be the reaction I receive every time I bring up the idea of churches merging. I do not hear the same reaction when I bring up the subject of churches splitting or closing their doors. What does the unchurched in the community think when they see churches fight and split, only to start or join another church around the corner? What do they think when they see another decaying church building because it closed its doors? The usual discussion turns to opinions of what someone else did that was wrong leading to what that person would have done differently to solve all the problems. The reality I have known in nearly three decades of ministry is that the root issue is the same everywhere and the solution to all the problems is still found in scripture. What happens is that people fail to see the root issue and, therefore, never find the solution in scripture.  

The extent of no churches in your area or churches on every other corner is often determined based on where you live in the country. Areas of our country that lack churches in their towns and cities can trace back to whether there ever was a church there or if the church or churches died long ago. For those of us who have lived most of our lives in the “Bible Belt,” we do not always comprehend that there are towns and cities here in the United States that have no churches. Most churches I know have little to no money designated to plant churches here in the USA. Truth be told, they refuse to bring on “missionaries” who stay in the states. They make statements like “missions is for other countries” or “we don’t need any more churches here in the USA.” Yet, these same people become angry at their church, leave, and start a new church around the corner so they can have church their way.

Through years of ministry, I have uncovered a phenomenon of church growth and decline. I have learned that the community of churches in an area goes through growth and decline in a cyclical fashion. While one church is in decline another church in the same area sees numerical growth. Over time, these churches seem to flip roles. These ebbs and flows show a consistent, curious statistic. If we look at the total number attending all the churches in the area going back 30 years, 20 years, 10 years, and the total number now, we note a net loss of church members. We found that every time there was a “church split” there was a net loss of members for the overall community. We all know churches have lived and grown off the back of other church’s members. The old pew hopping routine was in full swing. Many walk away from church altogether. Now, we have multiple churches near each other who are struggling to stay alive. Why, then, not merge?

I want to help us see God’s vision of the church. Churches say they want a New Testament church like the early church. They have even ensured the church name is connected to the early church to represent themselves as a true biblical, New Testament church. When we look at the early church, we see that almost nothing of what we are today looks like the early church. The Jews had synagogues that the early church availed themselves for use as a meeting place when possible, but they did not have a place of their own. Instead of buying or building a large meeting place, the early church met in houses. This is not to say that having a building today and not meeting in houses is unbiblical. It simply means that the early church had no concept or, in many cases, ability to have such a place.

The Bible describes the early church as “the church of Jerusalem,” “the church of Antioch,” “the church of….” Although they met in different houses, what we learn is that all believers in a local area were considered all one church. They always saw themselves as one church meeting in many houses. We do not need to duplicate this model. They had no choice; we do. We meet today in what some call “the house of God” or “house of worship.” Could it not still be said that all those who live in proximity, who hold to the truth of the scriptures on salvation are not all in the same local church but meeting in different houses? (At this time, I am prepared for the loud and long critics to wax eloquent on the reasons this is not true.)

“The church on the other side of the street doesn’t agree with us on important issues like which hymn book to use or, worse yet, they do not use a hymn book.” “The church on the other corner doesn’t even have a Sunday night service.” “The church on the next block doesn’t have Sunday school they have…life classes.” How could we ever fellowship with those places when they are obviously wrong in Bible teaching?

The truth is that if a person is biblically saved, is meeting with others in a local body or church who are biblically saved and is reaching others with the true Bible salvation message, then they are a part of the body of Christ. Therefore, the early church would have considered them a part of the entire local body or church. Over the last 2000 years there are those who call themselves churches but have completely turned from the truth of scripture and are not the true church. I am not speaking of them but of those who at least claim to believe the exact same truth of the gospel.

What has separated us is preferences of practice (methods) not principles of pure doctrine. The cause of most “church splits” is over preferences, not principles. If we then have two churches near each other to say they believe the same truth of scripture and both are struggling to keep the doors open, then why have they not merged? Usually because the members, including pastors, want to continue doing what they have always been doing expecting to change the results.

Often members of a congregation have established leaders, practices, and traditions that, in their words, cannot change. “This is our church. We will never move.” “They don’t do things the way we do.” “I know those people over at that other church. You should hear what I know.” “They are going liberal over there.” “They are strict to the point of legalism.” “I don’t like their music.” “I left there years ago because I didn’t like the way the pastor was leading the church.” These statements go on and on.

The bottom line is that churches do not merge because of pride. (Read that again.)

Churches are splitting. Churches are closing. The lost are dying and going to hell while we keep our four tiny churches on each corner alive on life support. As Bible believers and born-again followers of Christ, we need to take a serious look at what is happening around us.

Do we truly believe what we say we believe? In any community I can find two or more churches whose doctrinal statements, though phrasing may be different, are completely identical in beliefs. Yet, somehow, these churches cannot fellowship or work together. Too often they are churches with a history of beginning after splitting with the other church. They did not split on doctrine as their statements show they believe the exact same thing. They split over preferences that more than likely do not even pertain to today.

Some suppose that it may not be God’s will for churches to merge. It is God who established the church and called it a body. In 1 Corinthians 12 we see that God put the body together complete with all the parts desiring no part be missing. It is never God’s will for a section of the body to act independently from the entire body expecting to do the task of a whole body. Churches are limping on one leg, or trying to serve with no arms, or asking questions but unable to hear because there are no ears. Unfortunately, many church bodies are being kept alive by artificial means hoping no one pulls the plug. It is absolutely God’s will for churches to merge if for no other reason than that they are already biblically supposed to be a part of the whole local church body God intended it to be. We have parts of bodies spread-out all over town. We need the Great Physician to perform grafting surgery to heal the body.

Instead of letting another church die or splitting another church, I propose that churches consider regrouping, rebuilding, then replanting.

What happens when you close one church location to join another church? Don’t you lose ground on reaching the area where the first church was? Assuming you are not talking about churches that are across the street from one another, this is a legitimate question. This is why churches must regroup, rebuild, then replant. The ultimate goal is to replant. If the church doesn’t regroup and rebuild, it will die; thus, the potential for a replant is next to zero.

Churches need to regroup. Again, this is not grouping up with those who do not believe in the fundamental doctrines of scripture, but with those who state clearly that they believe just as we do. Regrouping is illustrated from a military view as shoring up the battle lines. There is no doubt we are in spiritual warfare. What we continue to do is go into the battle with armor off and half the body gone. I believe there comes a point where some church groups are no longer engaged in the battle but are merely meeting weekly because that is what they have always done. When you have multiple groups in an area doing the same thing, the enemy wins. Church members and, even pastors, need to recognize this, put away pride, and seek to regroup.

Regrouping is probably the most difficult of the three steps. Regrouping takes the churches down a long road to merging. After nearly 30 years in ministry, we have developed a process to help churches do just that. I commonly refer to it as the long steps to reach the spot where you ask the 1000 questions to be answered to bring two churches together. The first step is recognizing it is God’s will to do so. Then, they (leaders and congregation alike) must lay aside pride and seek wisdom on God’s leading in leadership responsibility. The pastor of a church is the one who will stand before God and answer for what the church has done. No one else in the church will ever stand before God and answer for the church, except for defying the God-given authority of the man of God holding that role.

If more than one pastor is involved, who will be the pastor? If we look back at the early church as our model of God’s plan, we find that there were multiple Elders or Pastors in a local body. If you will, we do the same today, we just don’t recognize it as such. There are churches all over your town who believe exactly as you do, and they all have a Pastor/Elder. The local church has a plurality of elders. How then is it, unlike the early church that worked together and had all things in common, that today we do not work together? Why is it today that two local groups struggling to stay alive cannot come together to regroup under one roof instead of struggling under two roofs? Step one is to regroup.

Step two is to rebuild. I do not mean rebuild a building or buildings. I do not mean join large numbers to build bigger buildings. Rebuilding does mean that the people will need to choose one location in which to meet. The realization of this choice usually brings about the result of not doing step one of regrouping. If the churches will allow the process to work in step one this will not be an issue in step two. Too many churches have spent more time building the local church with more classes, more programs, and more buildings and failed to train and send. Hoarding members, building bigger ministries leads to the death of a church.

I propose rebuilding the lives of the members thus strengthening and rebuilding a healthy body. Two dying congregations coming together is vital to the health of the whole body. It is the assembling of the body that allows for edification/encouragement. At this step there must be an extensive amount of time emphasizing the spiritual health of the people. Rebuilding the foundations of doctrine provides the foundational truths for stability of the congregation.

Healing is needed as the leadership and members have exhausted themselves holding a church together. Merging is not a quick fix to all problems. Taking the time to heal during the rebuilding process cannot be passed over. Status quo cannot be the play of the day. Long standing programs and schedules need to be paused. Spiritual help and growth of the people is the priority. How long this takes is unknown based upon many things. Regardless of how long it takes, rebuilding the people cannot be overlooked.

Once there is a strong foundation of the body, the church can begin to rebuild and restore broken relationships and fellowships over past wrongs. The church must make right the wrongs of the past and rebuild relationships with those who left church completely. Identify those who have been hurt by the near death of the churches to help bring them back to the flock. Avoid and guard against rebuilding this newly merged church through emptying the pews of another; this is what started this near death to begin with.

As the church rebuilds its own spiritual walks and rebuilds the broken pieces from the past, it will need to rebuild its outreach. The church needs to emphasize reaching the lost and the unchurched. During the rebuilding process the church is creating disciples who will fulfill the commission to go. Classes, services, programs, and activities should all be geared to training members to be prepared to go. But not everyone can go. There is a biblical principle of financial giving so that others can go which is where most churches end in their sending. However, if a church sends no one from their own church family then that church is failing to follow the commission of God and eventually leads to the death of the church. The rebuilding of the church is for only one purpose and that is to go or to replant.

Replanting, the third and final step, can be a way in which a called-out group can go back into the neighborhood of one of the previous churches to become a new work reaching the lost and unchurched of that area, assuming again the original church was not across the street. The focus is that a growing church sends out of its congregation to reach out to “Jerusalem,” “Judea,” “Samaria,” and the uttermost part of the earth. Failure to do this causes the death of the church.

Imagine, instead of churches dying in your community or churches splitting, churches began regrouping, rebuilding, and replanting. Imagine a community where the local church body is united for the cause of Christ. Imagine, if with this church unity in the community, the ongoing church hopping became a thing of the past. What if we were able to strengthen our “Jerusalem” and send disciples to all the other areas?

Merging churches not only can be done, it should be done. Merging churches should begin before another church closes or splits.

What’s the Difference? Advisor, Coach, Consultant, Mentor

Solomon said in Ecclesiastes there is nothing new under the sun; life is full of cycles. It is amazing when each generation feels they have discovered something new and exciting. Occasionally, an older generation watches a trend come back around and chuckles at the younger generation’s excitement of what they discovered only for them to find out it is not new. In our present day of electronic media, the younger crowd is often disappointed when they find out their favorite television show or movie is a remake from just a few decades ago. Or the song they hear on a commercial or theme to their favorite show or movie was written when their grandparents were their age.

This “everything old is new again” idea also affects our churches. Today you can find videos and online articles sharing the latest and best new ideas for ministry. There has been a renewed interest in discipleship in the church with an increased interest in focusing on those in ministry. The emphasis of being a Barnabas to Paul and a Paul to Timothy while encouraging Timothy to teach others is the “new” thing in ministry leadership. Words like mentoring, coaching, consulting, and advising are found everywhere. This is not a new idea, but if not understood from a true biblical perspective, it can be done to the detriment of the church.

Worldly philosophy is penetrating our churches at a record pace. Understanding what is needed to truly disciple not only church members but also to build those in the ministry is needed today just as it always has been. If you look up the words mentor, coach, consultant, and advisor you will find that they are all synonyms. However, there are specific nuances to each word that one must understand in order to see the differences. Having a clear understanding of the differences of each word and using them in discipleship can really be the new/old invention you are looking for to transform your ministry.

Advisor: One with knowledge sharing with another. They ask questions for understanding.

Wanting to ensure a new generation is well-trained and equipped for the ministry, those who are experienced often give advice to the younger or less experienced. Advice is important when helping someone facing a specific ministry issue. The nuance for advice is that the person receiving the advice decides whether to follow it or not. In order to disciple the next generation, we do need to give advice, but we need to be prepared and not be surprised when they do not follow it. Sometimes, someone simply will not learn unless it is from experience. This may be why so many give up on the young ones and blame them for not listening. If Barnabas was there simply to give Paul advice, he would have quit early. Barnabas encouraged Paul for years before Paul began having a great impact on the world. If Paul only advised Timothy, Paul would not have spoken with confidence in his last instructions to Timothy prior to his own finishing the course. Helping the next generation, while fulfilling the commission given by Christ, is not a short-term project.

Coach: Developing the skills and abilities that another possesses. They ask questions so they can know the one being coached knows the answer.

Some look at helping the younger generation and those less experienced as being a coach to them. Coaching seems easy from the bleachers. After a play or a game, outsiders pontificate of what they would have done and often criticize the coach and the player. However, coaching is more difficult than you know. What makes a good coach? A coach does not need to possess expertise in all aspects of the game. A coach does not even need to have the skills and abilities to do what they are coaching someone else to do. To play the game of golf on the professional level, you must be in top physical and mental condition. A golfer must have a consistent swing, which includes a consistent body stance and movement. Those who master all the needed elements become world renown and make a lot of money. Do these skills come naturally? Basic skills? Maybe. However, to develop those skills to greatness it takes a good coach. A coach helps the athlete to develop behaviors that will achieve the desired results.

If we are going to disciple the next generation of leaders, we need to learn to coach. We need to observe behaviors that need to change to obtain the desired results. Coaching encourages the person to see negative behaviors causing issues and show them the changes needed to achieve the desired results. If a golfer wants to consistently hit the golf ball centered down the fairway 250 yards away, then the behaviors of the stance, swing, and club must all be correct every time they hit the ball. As a coach, yelling at them for doing it wrong or giving advice on how to do better will not work. A coach must help the player identify and address each behavior causing the wrong result and help the person change the behaviors keeping them from the desired result. Even if the person hits the ball one time 250 yards in the fairway it does not mean the coach can stop coaching. The desired outcome is consistency. As coaches in ministry we are not giving advice, we are investing our time and wisdom to help develop the gifts and abilities God has given those we are to help. This is a long-term, on-going process. However, coaches do not dictate actions, or demand compliance.

Consultant: One having the expertise telling the another what to do. They ask questions to determine the willingness of the one to listen and do what they have been told.

From time to time we may be called on to consult with a person or ministry. People often confuse coaching and consulting. These two are mutually exclusive to each other; they are not the same or simultaneous in action. Coaching directs one to a specific behavior to see a desired outcome. Consulting points out inefficiencies or inconsistencies and provides clear direction as to the task ahead. Consulting demands experience in the field in which they are declaring changes to be made. There are areas I would qualify as a consultant and there are areas I would not. Simply having some experience in an area does not qualify someone to be a consultant. A consultant in ministry could only truly consult on areas in which they are trained, experienced, and fluent. A coach is one who can diagnose the behaviors needed to do the task, develop the person’s skills by being their accountability to the task, while discussing or debriefing others on how they are doing in reaching those goals.

Mentor: One with wisdom sharing their life to another to add wisdom to the mentee. They ask questions to go deep into the life and heart of the person to bring growth of life.

I can give advice that you can take or leave. I can coach by taking the time to encourage you to do what is needed to accomplish the task. In some areas, I can consult with pinpoint accuracy as to what needs to be done to resolve an issue. However, if I am going to be the one who is biblically discipling, then I need to mentor those who are coming behind me. Mentoring may include giving advice, coaching, and consulting but it requires a level high above these three areas. The dictionary definition of mentoring is the act of advising or training another, especially a younger colleague. When you look further into the definition, as used in the business world, we find that there is the added part of establishing a long-term personal relationship. Mentoring involves a long-term commitment by both parties to see a desired outcome. This outcome is not merely in one area of need or level of learning.

This outcome is in the full and complete level of life. Paul mentored Timothy until his (Paul’s) death. The desire of Paul was that Timothy would do the same for someone else. The mentor relationship allows for deep penetrating involvement in another’s life. This requires that the mentor be equipped to take on the intense involvement in the life of another. All the mentee’s life struggles become yours. All their deep burdens become yours. This is when the full understanding of the scriptures of weeping with those who weep and rejoicing with those who rejoice come into play. This relationship requires that the mentee allow a mentor to become deeply involved in their lives. To be in a mentor to mentee relationship requires commitment. The commitment includes complete openness to accountability. There is a commitment of time, energy, and a passion to see the desired outcome completed. Both must be committed to this with no reservations for a true mentorship to work.

A mentor from time to time may give advice, which means they acknowledge that the mentee has the option to take or leave the advice. A mentor may do some coaching to help correct certain behaviors in order to achieve desired results. A mentor may have expertise in a specific area to consult on what you are doing wrong and make the corrections. But, if they are going to be a mentor, they will be passionate on seeing the mentee finish the task. The mentee will see all of these helps coming from someone who is as passionate about every aspect of their lives as they are. If being mentored is more than you are looking for then continue to simply seek advice from time to time or find someone’s input on what you are doing wrong or look for someone to tell you what to do with no commitment.  

The body of Christ, the church, needs more genuine mentors and mentees. We need Paul’s giving their lives to Timothy’s to ensure another generation will continue with the truth. I have had a few that took the time to invest in my life with great passion. Early on in my ministry life there were some who fed into me great passion for the ministry. God took some of them on to Glory early on. I would have loved to have had more investment in my life from them. I remember early in my call to ministry praying a prayer I had learned from my earliest mentor: “Lord, I may not make a great impact for you in this world, but please make me an impact on the life of one who will be.” If we would truly become mentors and encourage others to be truly mentored to become mentors, what a change the church would experience.