Mentoring & Discipling
Plugging-In with Christian Men
Christian Mentors Network
“Now teach these truths to other trustworthy people who will be able to pass them on to others.”
(II Timothy 2:2)
When we started our ministry October 2000, it was called Men in Ministry. We have concentrated on the needs of men for mentoring, discipleship and accountability. We believe strongly in men mentoring and disciplining men, because men have unique needs that must be discussed in confidence with other men. We will always continue on this premise. However, over the years, men asked me “What do you have for my wife?” My answer was, “I don’t have anything for your wife – this is a men’s ministry.” But, as is often the case, God had other plans.
Sarah and I were having lunch after church one Sunday with our daughter, Michelle. She believed that God wanted her to get more involved with women’s ministry and felt that the Men in Ministry material, Mentoring His Way – Disciple Twelve, could easily be adapted in order to effectively mentor both men and women. Since that pivotal conversation, she not only helped Roy make the necessary changes to the books, but she developed a Mentor’s Guide to go with each volume. These tools now equip any mature believer to have a mentoring ministry.
As the women’s ministry began to grow, it became evident that the name Men in Ministry no longer described the full extent of our ministry. After praying diligently with ministry partners and our Board of Directors, we agreed to change the name to Christian Mentors Network. Mentors are now able to facilitate a ministry of “men mentoring men” or “women mentoring women”. The mentoring tools are also used for couples to mentor other couples for both pre-married or in-marriage mentoring.
We use the term “Mentor/Discipler.” A Mentor/Discipler is simply a more experienced follower who imparts to another believer the knowledge, skill, and truths to grow in Christ while affecting the believer’s character and behavior. We call this process, “Mentor/Discipler Training.”
Mentoring is like coaching. In sports, there are several different levels of coaches, such as NFL, Collegiate, High School and Pee Wee, with each coach having a different level of understanding. The same is true in your growth process with Jesus Christ – no matter where you fall in the spectrum of understanding, there is someone you can mentor. Likewise, at each stage of your discipleship journey, you should also find someone who can be your mentor. In this way, you experience untold blessing as you share the difficulties, victories, temptations, and joys of daily growing in Christ with your mentor, not to mention the invaluable perspective offered by one who has faced and overcome many of the same kind of challenges in their faith journey.
At our strategy meeting, CMN President Michael Comstock, helped us collectively grasp what it means to “Give men and women the confidence to lead others.”The increased faith through mentoring God’s Word breaks old chains of the past, bringing encouragement, discernment, perseverance, boldness, maturity, and greater purpose in our lives. When someone has the confidence that they have tools available to be obedient to the Great Commission, then passion and purpose are stirred into action.
BARRY & JULIE LYNCH
18521 E. Queen Creek Road, Ste. 105-216
Queen Creek, AZ 85142
Meet CMN’s National Training Director, Barry Lynch and his wife Julie. They have two adult children and had a successful paint contracting company for over twenty years before joining CMN full-time on January 1, 2010. Barry was mentored by Roy Comstock in 2007 and has gone on to personally mentor many men through CMN’s mentoring process. He also has established Mentor Training classes in dozens of churches where thousands of men’s lives have been transformed from ordinary men into victorious warriors for Christ. Barry’s Mighty Men Task Force puts on the Recon Day workshops to pull together leaders eager to learn how to disciple men through small groups and one-on-one mentoring relationships. Similarly, Julie has developed Sisters of Strength with leadership teams that hold workshops and train women in local churches to mentor other women. Barry and Julie live in Queen Creek Arizona. Barry oversees the mentor training aspects.
These same principles from this series of posts have been expanded on significantly in our three (3) book series, Mentoring His Way, and the training it is based on. For more information on Christian Mentors Network materials or events and CMN representatives in your area, contact:
Plugging-In with Christian Men
Heights Church Men
“At Heights, we come alongside men, equipping them to make an impact in their church, in their community, and in their families. Through bible study, mentorship, and recreation, men find new ways to live out their faith and connect with God’s unfailing love.” See the Men’s Calendar for more details.
CORNERSTONE CHURCH MEN
The Cornerstone Men’s Breakfast is a great way to plug-in with Cornerstone Church. Breakfast is FREE … and the brisket is fork-tender! We eat, share and have a 30-min devotional on the 3rd Saturday of each month.” See the Men’s Calendar for more details.
Prescott Christian Church Men
“The PCC Men’s Ministry is geared to provide discipleship training for men who desire to become more Christ-like in their daily walk at work, with friends and at home with their family. Jump-in and share breakfast with us when you’re in our neighborhood.”
See the Men’s Calendar for more details.
“We live in a culture that has, for centuries now, cultivated the idea that a skeptical person is always smarter than one who believes. You can almost be as stupid as a cabbage as long as you doubt.”
– Dallas Willard, Hearing God”