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Have I mentioned that ministry is hard? Because it is.
For no other reason than to be able to talk to someone who doesn’t know everything and isn’t immersed in your context. Someone from the outside is going to give you two things that are of vast importance.
Personal care focus.
If you don’t give a mentor freedom to be honest you are wasting your time. Meeting face to face may not be feasible so use technology and the bluntness it fosters. Sending an email or leaving a voicemail forces you to get to the point, and in turn forces them to be clear.
Talking to people you respect and can learn from in your community is important but if you stop there you are headed towards burnout. An outside mentor isn’t primarily concerned with your church; they are concerned about you. As you lead it will be easy to forget about self-care and growing spiritually, a mentor can encourage you and challenge you as needed.
Those who think they don’t need a mentor probably need one the most.