You then, my son, be strong in the grace that is in Christ Jesus. And the things you have heard me say in the presence of many witnesses entrust to reliable people who will also be qualified to teach others.
2 Timothy 2:1-2
Jesus has called us to make disciples. That will never happen on its own. You have to be proactive. When it comes to making disciples, training leaders, and mentoring others, Paul and Timothy's friendship has always intrigued me.
Here is a little history on their story.
Timothy was a teenager when he first met Paul. Timothy's father was a Greek man; we do not know anything about his religious beliefs. But, we do know that his mother and grandmother were faithful Jewish women. They taught the Old Testament scriptures to Timothy when he was a boy. As these Jewish women heard Paul preach, they put their faith in Jesus, and so did Timothy. Paul saw Gods call on Timothy and invited Timothy to travel with him.
Timothy helped Paul plant and establish churches at Philippi, Thessalonica, and Berea. When Paul left Berea to go to Athens he left Timothy and Silas behind. Paul later sent word for them to come join him. Paul trusted Timothy so much, that he was also sent to Thessalonica to strengthen the faith of believers there.
Timothy was a person who Paul spent a considerable amount of time pouring into, equipping, and releasing to do the work of the ministry.
During the 3 years Paul was in Ephesus teaching the people about the amazing power of God, Timothy was there, with him. When Paul was imprisoned in Rome for two years, Timothy was right alongside him much of the time unselfishly taking care of Paul’s needs. By now Timothy had spend around 10 to 15 years with his mentor, Paul.
Paul thought of Timothy not only as a very faithful friend but also as his spiritual son.
After Paul’s release from prison in Rome, Timothy and Paul traveled to visit friends in the churches they had founded. When they got back to Ephesus, Paul recognized some men in the church were teaching error about Jesus. Paul needed to leave and visit his friends in Macedonia, but he didn’t want to leave the Ephesian church in turmoil. So, he left Timothy, the one he had personally mentored for years, to teach truth to the church there while Paul carried on his mission.
Pauls relationship with Timothy is one that you will need to replicate over and over again in order to make disciples and train leaders to not only help you fulfill your mission but to help them become what God has called them to be!
Here are some questions to ask yourself on a regular basis.
1 - Who is my Timothy? (Note - You may and should have more than one.)
2 - What qualities has God placed in them?
3 - What am I doing to sharpen their God given qualities and calling?
4 - What small thing have a released them to do?
5 - Have they proved themselves faithful with the small?
6 - Are they ready for more?
7 - Who is around them that they can eventually train up as their Timothy?
Here are some things that I (we) currently do to mentor, train the Timothy's around me as well as a couple things we are starting in 2018.
1 - Do a weekly one on one with leaders of Departments.
2 - Do bi-weekly leadership training session with entire team.
3 - Do random meet ups to check in, coach, live life together.
3 - Yearly Conference as a team (2018).
Volunteer Team Members:
1 - Weekly team meetings / touch points / prayer with their Department Leader.
2 - Go Night Celebration and Team Training 5x per year.
3 - Receive audio of weekly leadership training. (2018)