Just lately, I had two attention-grabbing encounters.
One: A younger man requested me to mentor him. Once I had a dialog with him (on-line), I came upon that he solely learn one e book of mine written manner again in 2008. Nor had he listened to any of my three podcasts.
So he was blissfully ignorant as to what he was asking.
I applaud his consciousness and want to be mentored. That is uncommon in the present day, sadly. (I’ve written about this drawback in Passing the Torch.)
Tip: Earlier than asking somebody to mentor you, it’s important that you simply first be mentored by them at a distance. That would come with studying all their books (or most of them), listening to most of their audio output, getting any programs they’ve out there, attending their dwell occasions, and so on.
When you’ve accomplished this work, which implies you’ve gotten intensely acquainted with them and their ministry, solely then is it applicable to ask them to mentor you.
Two: One other younger man requested if I’d be keen to cowork with him. Be aware that I’ve by no means met this particular person nor have I ever heard of him. And he too solely learn one e book of mine written a few years in the past.
I’ve laid out my standards for coworking on this article. (The article was written to be shared instantly with those that match the factors listed on the finish.)
Tip: Earlier than asking when you can cowork with somebody, take into account these questions: Are you their true peer? Are you acquainted with their full physique of labor? Have you ever made an effort to fulfill them in particular person? What do you deliver to the connection; what are you able to supply them spiritually and ministry-wise?