Christian Leaders as Mentors: The Challenge of Emerging Leaders
Barnabas rises to the surface as an exemplary mentor of the Christian Scriptures and occurred within the reproducible and effective Jewish rabbi/talmidim model. By studying the impact and influence of Barnabas, twenty-first-century Christian leaders can glean from five principles of mentorship. First, mentorship cultivates the importance of followership in both themselves and their protégés. Second, mentors embrace authentic, incarnational leadership. Third, mentorship reproduces perpetual, effective mentors. Fourth, mentors embrace self-awareness in themselves and their protégés. Fifth, mentors exegete their culture and their context. These principles help to address the unique challenges of the twenty-first century and may enable Christian leaders to enjoy thriving, ongoing incarnational mentoring.
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