Equip Christ-Centered Mentors Worldwide

Christian Mentors Network’s vision is to Equip Christ-Centered Mentors Worldwide

We do this by equipping men & women with the tools and training necessary to lead others in a deeper walk with Jesus Christ thru one-on-one mentoring relationships that are replicatable. This is directly in line with the Great Commission in Matthew 28:18-20.

 

CMN gives men and women the confidence to lead others

At our recent strategy meeting in Phoenix, Arizona on March 19th facilitated by CMN President Michael Comstock, our new board Secretary, Jeff Andersen, 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, passion and purpose is stirred to action.

Powerful stories were told of our “Mighty Men’s TaskForce” Workshops led by Barry Lynch, CMN’s VP, where lives are being transformed from complacency to purpose. On that same Saturday, March 19th came testimonies from our “Sisters of Strength” led by Julie Lynch, sharing stories of joy, trials, triumphs, and transformation from one-on-one mentoring.

 

DUPLICATION  –  One of the greatest assets of CMN is the power of duplication of disciples through our systematic approach through the “Mentoring His Way” three volume series. By the time someone finishes the first book under the direction of their mentor, they are ready and challenged to go and mentor someone else. The disciple is encouraged to go find someone to share what they have already learned. It’s a simple process and easily shared. That’s what makes the duplication so easy. Paul said it best: “Now teach theses truths to other trustworthy people who will be able to pass them on to others.”  2 Timothy 2:2.

Our discipleship ministry is increasing exponentially across our nation and into the world.  Please join us in praying that God teaches us how to replicate our process in new ways to continue to build leaders nationally and internationally.

Your prayers, financial support and personal involvement keep CMN moving forward.

Thank you.

Alive in Christ,

Dr. Roy L. Comstock

MIGHTY MEN TASKFORCE

MIGHTY MEN TASKFORCE RECON DAY

RECON DAY – February 27, 2016

The Mighty Men TaskForce is a team of Godly men from Christian Mentors Network who are assigned with the task of discovering how to disciple every man to full maturity in Christ. (Colossians 1:28-29).   Over the last 15 years CMN has proven that the most effective way to disciple men is through one-on-one mentoring relationships.

Recon Day is led by National Director Barry Lynch who has been with CMN since 2007. Barry created the Mighty Men Taskforce after personally mentoring more than 60 men.

Men who attend Recon Day, hear Testimonies from men who have personally been on the mission of mentoring other men. Our Mission is 2 Timothy 2:2, to equip men who want to strengthen their walk with Christ, their marriages, their families, their church, and mentor the next generation.

 

WHO are the best men to attend Recon Day?

Men who want to go deeper in their relationship with Christ

Men who want to help other men go deeper in their relationship with Christ

 

WHEN Is Recon Day?

Saturday Feb 27th, 2016. 8AM to 11AM

WHERE Is Recon Day? 

Calvary Chapel of Queen Creek      19248 E San Tan Blvd, Queen Creek, AZ  85142

COST:     $15.00 Includes:  A Go Deeper booklet & full breakfast

COST:     $7.50 Men who attend for the 2nd time and bring someone

 

For more info & details contact:  [email protected]

Barry Lynch 602-309-4042 

 

A Wonderful Christmas Blessing

Dear Ministry Partners,

One of Christian Mentors Network’s most faithful board members have offered to match your gift dollar-for-dollar – up to a total of $5,000 in the month of December. We have received $2,000; we still need $3,000 to reach our goal.

This means every dollar you give over and above your regular monthly donation will be matched.

 

Our goal is for 1,000 believers’ to be discipled to full maturity in Christ in 2016 and trained to mentor others.

CMN never charges for individual mentoring, but relies on financial support from friends like you who believe discipling through small groups and one-on-one mentoring relationships is the most effective way to help believers grow to full maturity in Christ.

Will you consider a gift today of $25, $50, $100, $250, $500, $1,000 or more to give voice, hands, and feet to spiritual maturity in America and around the world? As you are able and as the Lord leads, you can choose one of three ways to give. You can send your gift:

1. Online at http://www.christianmentorsnetwork.org/ click “Online giving,”
2. Call us at 480-305-4346 during regular business hours, or
3. Mail your check made payable to CMN at 24307 Magic Mountain Parkway #208, Valencia, CA 91355.

Donations must be above your regular monthly giving and postmarked by December 31, 2015 in order to count toward the matching gift.

Could it be that by the end of 2016, one thousand more Christians will be mentored to full maturity in Christ and be trained to mentor others? Do you realize how that would begin to change the church in America? Lord Jesus, may it be so.

Go Deeper in Christ,
Roy L. Comstock Th.D. Chairman/CEO
Christian Mentors Network, Inc.
24307 Magic Mountain Parkway #208
Valencia, CA 91355
661-993-2306 CA – 480-305-4346 AZ

December 2016 Ministry Updates

Aug 29th, Solid Foundation Bible church held a men’s event, A Call to Duty. Barry Lynch shared a message on encouraging men to mentor and disciple other men. Al Rubio shared a powerful testimony and Chuck fennel, Robert Hubbard, and Dan Young from the Mighty Men Taskforce team attended. There were around 50 men with pastors from 3 churches present.
Sept 12th Men’s Expo in Prescott Az. Barry Lynch traveled to the event with Mike Grimm from Man in the Mirror who is a member on the CMN Board of Directors. There were over 500 men who attended the event. Chad McDonald who is on the Mighty Men Taskforce team helped me set up a CMN exhibit table. We were able to make more connections with men, leaders and pastors that will help CMN continue to grow in Prescott.
Sept 18th Barry Lynch, Dan Young, and Michael Blackman from the Mighty Men Taskforce team set up a CMN exhibit table at Arizona Community Church men’s event.
Sept 19th Barry Lynch and Robert Hubbard set up a CMN exhibit table at the Emergency Preparedness Expo event at Bethany Bible Church in Phoenix Arizona.
Sept 20th Barry Lynch and my wife Julie Lynch who leads the women Sisters of Strength for CMN. We each shared on Mentoring Relationships and the ministry of CMN at Epic Christian Church where we have attended from 2005. We asked Steve Folasco and Tammy Gaff to share their testimonies on going through the Mentoring process of CMN and mentoring others.
Oct 8th Barry Lynch attended the Franklin Graham Festival Arizona 2017 leaders meeting at Scottsdale Bible Church in Scottsdale Az.
Oct 24th Maximized Manhood Conference in Phoenix Arizona. Dr Paul Cole led and was the main speaker and Christian Mentors Network President Dr Roy Comstock was one of the keynote speakers and shared a powerful message. Barry Lynch, Dan Young, Robert Hubbard, Al Rubio and Rick Norum from the Mighty Men taskforce team set up an exhibit table for CMN.
Oct 31st John Ohanesian the men’s leaders at Cornerstone Church in Prescott Arizona asked Barry Lynch to share at their monthly men’s breakfast. I shared a 45 minute message about CMN and challenging men to engage in mentoring and discipling men. There were around 50 men in attendance and went very well. Cornerstone wants to host a Mighty Men Workshop in 2016 to help their men engage in the mentoring process and also Christian Mentors Network continue to grow in Prescott.
Nov 9th – 11th NCMM Reload 2015 Leadership Summit in Denver Colorado. Barry Lynch traveled with Mike Grimm to the Conference. Roy Comstock, Barry Lynch, Jeff Anderson, and Patrick Campbell represented CMN and set up an exhibit table. Many connections were made with other leaders of men’s ministry that will continue to help CMN grow in other areas.
Nov 19th Barry Lynch and Robert Hubbard from the Mighty Men Taskforce team attended the Pinnacle Forum Event Defending Our freedoms. Lt Gen. William Boykin with Family Research Council, Doug Napier with Alliance Defending freedom, and Cathi Herrod with Center for Arizona Policy were the speakers on the panel at the Event.

CMN Arizona – September Updates

Barry Lynch

Aug 29th  

Solid Foundation Bible Church men’s event, “A Call to Duty”.  Barry shared a message, Al Rubio shared his testimony and 4 men on the Taskforce team attended. Barry was able to reconnect with Pastor Dukes and the men at Solid Foundation and also 3 other pastors from different churches.

Sept 12th

Men’s Expo in Prescott.  Barry and Mike Grimm set up tables for Man in the Mirror and CMN conference in Prescott. There were over 500 plus men at the event and we made a connection with a few churches that may lead to opportunity to work with them in the future, including a Mighty Men Recon day.

Sept 18th

Men’s event at Arizona Community Church.   CMN had a table with books and 2 of the men from the Mighty men team accompanied Barry.

Sept 19th

CMN had a table for materials at the Emergency Preparedness Expo @ Bethany Bible Church

Sept. 20th

Barry and Julie shared about CMN and mentoring relationships at Epic Christian Church.

Sept 24th

CMN Micro Event at Barry’s house sharing how Julie and Barry became involved at CMN.  They made a presentation about CMN and how God is moving in the ministry and ways they can be involved in the CMN network. Barry shared a need for prayer support and how they can give financially to see more lives transformed in to Victorious Warriors for Christ.

Oct 10th

Mighty Men Recon (workshop) in Tucson. A call team, Barry Lynch, Michael Blackman, and Robert Hubbard have been contacting churches in Tucson for Recon day.

Oct 24th

CMN will have a table for materials at the Maximized Manhood Conference in Phoenix AZ where Roy Comstock will be speaking!

Oct 26th

Barry will go to Prescott to meet with pastors from different churches and will share at a group of men at Cornerstone Church about CMN and the Mighty Men Movement.

Barry mentors men every day and continues to meet men for various reasons that are all CMN related. The Taskforce team is doing well and continues to stay faithful. They mentor other men and lead in their churches where they are connected. They all pray for the ministry, support financially, and help him in different areas.

Barry is scheduling a Mighty Men Recon day towards the end of Feb 2016 in Queen Creek at Calvary Chapel. He stays connected with Terry Anderson at Pinnacle Forum and Rodney Cox at Ministry Insights, working with them in different ways to support mentoring for the Pinnacle Forum Partners.

Ben Cloud, pastor of Amadeo Church, is leading the Association of Churches and Christian Organizations (ACCO) an organization in Queen Creek and San Tan Valley area where pastors and ministry leaders connect and work together. Barry has a really good relationship with Ben and hopes this will be a great opportunity to open doors for CMN in more churches in these areas. Barry meets with Ben one-on-one to continue the relationship.

 

Michael Grimm

Mike participates in CMN Arizona ministry team meetings with Roy and other team members as needed, every week or every other week (via Skype).

He attended the Insight International’s “Leading from Your Strengths” workshop with Barry, Rick and Dan.

Ted Heath (ACC) and Mike met with leaders from First Baptist Church of Overgaard to discuss mentoring. The group is very interested. Ted is meeting with Mike’s dad, mentoring 1 on 1.

At Mike’s home church, Arizona Community Church (ACC), he leads a group of 8 men through mentor training with the CMN materials.  Two others are being mentored 1 on 1, as well.

Man in the Mirror nationally are seeing a tremendous amount of growth in mentoring in the central heartland (Iowa, Indiana & Nebraska) because of the efforts of MIM Area Director, Mark Cobler and his team.  Mike connected Roy with the MIM Area Director in central CA, they have met and are working together.

Mike and Barry attended the Prescott Men’s Expo – “Get Real” on September 12, with table set up for CMN materials.

Barry attended our Men’s Summit at ACC on September 18th with a CMN materials table.

Mike is representing MIM at the Might Men’s Recon in Tucson on October 10, 2015.

 

Dan Young

Dan checks the UPS mail box and makes bank deposits weekly, then gives reports to Sarah via a Drop Box arrangement they share.

As the AZ Operations Manager, Dan handles all the mailing distribution of books and products that are ordered online and copied in Drop Box for operation tracking.

He created a tracking spreadsheet for online orders and postage expenses for CMN which is maintained in the shared Drop Box.

He gives reports bi-weekly via Skype to Roy’s team.

Dan assists with process improvements, and working closely with Barry to help with the layout of documents and printing, and event assistance for him.

Dan and Barry meet weekly to pray and go over projects coming up.

Together: Fulfilling the Great Commission

By Dr. Roy L. Comstock

Sam Balachander, Director of Emerging Young Leaders International (EYL), flew from Bangalore, India and arrived at Sky Harbor Airport in Phoenix, Arizona on October 9, 2014. Sam came prepared to spend five days with Roy Comstock and Barry Lynch of Christian Mentors Network (CMN) to share the EYL materials and methods they use to mentor high school, university students and young adults worldwide. At the same time he came here to learn the best way to train his hundreds of leaders throughout the world how to use CMN’s materials to mentor their people. It is a great union of two discipleship organizations working together to fulfill the Great Commission.

“Leadership is always crucial to the church…but at the present moment, it seems to me leadership is especially urgent within the next decade, many of these “giants” (post World War II leaders) will need to pass the mantle to others. They must harness the energies of the younger men and women to disciple vast numbers of new converts, develop churches and evangelize huge numbers of unreached peoples.” – Leighton Ford

Leighton Ford made the above statement over two decades ago. The situation is even more urgent today. In September, I received the following email from Sam Balachander.

Hi Dr. Roy, Greetings! I just return last night from Dubai and thank you for your prayers.

We had a fruitful consultation first time in a Middle Eastern country, eighteen leaders from eight different countries attended. They were from the Middle East/Africa/Asia but also from Australia.

Dr. John Paul my mentor and spiritual father ministered God`s word both evening and morning and other world leaders shared their ministry in detail. Everyone agreed that we should focus on the next generation of leaders to disciple & mentor them. It was also discussed how to share our resources & help each other and also bring out a strong bible based doctrinal curriculum that will help the pastors and faculty members. Every day in Africa alone 40,000 people come to the Lord an average of 500 people in each congregation of 80 churches every day. The need is so great we need to prepare the next generation of Godly leaders who will lead the churches. 

The Lord opened the doors for the EYL/CMN mission in Malawi/South Sudan/Egypt/South Africa /Botswana/Uganda in Africa and also in Australia. Praise the Lord! With Blessings, Sam

Emerging Young Leaders has taken a page from the life of Christ in establishing its leadership developing the worlds emerging young leaders methods one individual building into the lives of others—one, two or three at a time. EYL is committed to developing the world’s emerging young leaders in home, academic, business and church settings, using both mentoring and training experiences.

They are recruiting spiritually mature mentors around the world to invest themselves in high school and college-age mentees.

EYL Ministry

Emerging Young Leaders Board of Trustees is comprised of representatives from each of the world’s major geographic areas. EYL’s area offices are in Africa, Asia-Pacific, Europe and Latin America. Their International office is in Bangalore, India. 

EYL’s Mission Statement

To provide resources to mentor and train the world’s emerging young leaders for significant service and the development of others

CMN’s Mission Statement

To Equip Christ-centered Mentors Worldwide

CMN’s Purpose Statement

To provide Christ-centered, life transforming materials and training to equip believers to disciple others through small groups and one-on-one mentoring relationships

CMN’s Vision Statement

To change the world by challenging every mature believer to disciple twelve in their lifetime and teach them to do the same

You can see by EYL’s Mission Statement and CMN’s Mission, Purpose and Vision Statements that both organizations are consistent with each other in our desire to see every believer be fully discipled to maturity in Christ. And that we agree on the method of one-on-one and small group mentoring relationships as the best way of accomplishing this. We both comply with the same Statement of Faith.

Sam and Roy have been going through the Mentoring His Way – Disciple Twelve books via Skype for a number of months. While Sam was in Phoenix he also received a license to translate Mentoring His Way into several Indian languages. There are 20 states in India and each one has its own dialect. They will work systematically from state to state with the goal of making Mentoring His Way available to all of the 1.2 billion people who live in India. This will take several years to accomplish. We will determine what to do about translation in each nation we work together in as we come to them. Please pray with us in this awesome opportunity.

Roy L. Comstock, Th.D. is Chairman, CEO and Founder of Christian Mentors Network, Inc. He is the author of the three-volume series; Mentoring His Way-Disciple Twelve, the TriCord Journal and Go Deeper-4 Power Steps to Disciple Men through One-on-One Mentoring. Please visit the CMN and EYL websites, www.christianmentorsnetwork.orgwww.eylglobal.com. And like their Facebook pages.

 

CMN’s Ministry in Kitale, Kenya, East Africa

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It is my privilege to introduce you to five pastors on the other side of the world who are hungry for God’s Word. I have the pleasure of meeting weekly with these men in Kitale, Kenya in East Africa via Skype to train them to mentor others through CMN’s Mentoring His Way – Disciple Twelve book series. In the front row are Pastor Daniel Mwangu and Pastor Jacob Luka. In the second row are Pastor Simeon Nyongesa and Pastor Daniel Nambacha. Pastor Renju Jackson is in the back. None of them own computers. These five pastors gather around a computer in a small Cyber Café in Kitale for one hour every Thursday morning at 7 AM (9 PM Wednesday night my time) as I take them through each lesson. They in turn are training twenty additional pastors who will be mentoring their people also. Pastor Daniel Mwangu sent me the following email.


Dear President Roy,

Greetings from Kenya; we just found a room where we can do our classes, but we have to pay for that room. It’s our prayer that God provides a screen and a laptop so that every one of us gets to hear you teach. This is a huge blessing and opportunity for the hungry knowledge less people who lack training. As we have been sharing about our plan with you to our friends, there are many who have shown much interest. I am very sure it’s going to reach all over Kenya and beyond. We are very much determined with passion to fulfill His great commission.

We first of all thank God for our school of mentorship that is already on going in Kenya with five students. We are glad to have received from you the 20 bibles, books and other materials for our class. Already many have shown interest after sharing with them our plan with you our president and mentor brother Roy. We thank God for such a huge opportunity for Kenyans and beyond. I personally had not had such a chance. It was amazing to know that Christianity is not what we do but who we are. That it’s not what we do that makes us Christians but that it’s Christ that makes us bear the fruits of good works. And for this we are so grateful, thanks to God for our ministries laboring together to the body of Christ.

I am glad to give the feedback for your request concerning our class.

  1. Laptop for our school Ksh 51,990
  2. A screen Ksh 53,995
  3. A D/Link +Modem Ksh 8,000
  4. Rent for 3months Ksh 36,000
  5. Installation Ksh 6000
  6. Connection cables and power back-up Ksh 8000
  7. Speaker System Ksh 24,000

Grand total Ksh 187,085
$2,354.70 US Dollars at the rate of 82 shillings.


I asked Pastor Daniel Mwangu to find out what it would cost to set up their class room where we could teach all of the pastors how to use our materials. It will cost about $2,400. I have raised $400 so far. I need your help in getting the rest.

To make a tax deductible donation go to: www.christianmentorsnetwork.org, and use PayPal or credit card.

Or send a check made out to CMN (write “Kenya” in the note section) and mail it to Christian Mentors Network, 18521 E. Queen Creek Rd, Suite 105-216, Queen Creek, AZ 85142.

Thank you for partnering with Christian Mentors Network as we reach around the world.
Go Deeper in Christ,
Roy L. Comstock
Chairman and Founder, Christian Mentors Network

Biblical Christian

by Roy L. Comstock

Love God with all of your heart, mind and soul

A Biblical Christian is sometimes described as a person who has reached spiritual maturity to the point that he trusts, respects and obeys God. But, how do you trust, respect and obey God? First, you must ask yourself three questions:

  • “Do I love God with all of my heart, mind and soul?”
  • “Do I love God more than I love myself?”
  • “Do I want what God wants more than; what I want?”

What is our problem? According to Man in the Mirror, 60% of the men in our churches are Cultural Christians. 40% are Biblical Christians with only 10% taking leadership responsibilities.

As many of you know, Christian Mentors Network has taken confidential surveys of thousands of church leaders over the last 14 years. The leaders in these surveys say that 90% attend church services at least once each week and that the average number of years they have been followers of Christ is 21 years. When the questions were asked, in confidence, we got the following results:

  • 55% did not consider themselves the spiritual leader of their own homes
  • 70% do not read their Bible on a daily bases or pray regularly
  • 63% experience isolation, loneliness and depression on a regular bases
  • 58% do not have a single person that they trust enough to share their deepest secrets
  • 70% expose themselves to pornography regularly
  • 46% claim to be addicted to internet pornography

These are the leaders of our churches. If you are one of these men, do you want to change?

What is our motivation to become Biblical Christians rather than Cultural Christians? We have the opportunity to grow into a Biblical Christian by maturing in our relationship with Christ to the point of trusting, respecting and obeying God. The only way we can do that is to learn to love God with all of our heart, mind and soul. We do that by knowing and obeying the Word of God.

Do you remember how excited you were when you first came to Christ? All you could talk about was how wonderful it was to know that God had forgiven all of your sin and that He gave you such joy and peace. At first you were motivated by the great love you felt for God and from God for all that He had done for you. But as time went on that first love began to grow dim in comparison to what it used to be. What changed?

It is time for us to get back to the basics and rediscover what our motivation needs to be. Our motivation is based on the Great Commandment of Christ. He said, “You must love the Lord your God with all your heart, with all your soul, and with all your mind.” (Matthew 22:37) We men struggle with the concept of loving God. Men think of love as being all lovey dovey with hugs and kisses and we are not comfortable with that when it comes to God. The word “love” here is best understood to mean commitment or respect and reverence for God. Men want to be warriors and soldiers serving a strong commander and chief. We love God when we respect who He is. We will only trust and obey someone whom we respect. We need to be reminded of who God is and who we are because of all that He has done and is doing in and through us.

We love God because He first loved us, “In this is love, not that we loved God, but that He loved us and sent His Son to be the propitiation for our sins.” (I John 4:10) We all know John 3:16, “For God so loved world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life.” In other words, Christ who knew no sin paid the price for our sins. “For He made Him who knew no sin to be sin for us, that we might become the righteousness of God in Him.” (II Corinthians 5:21)

Who is this Christ who gave Himself for us? “In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. He was in the beginning with God. All things were made through Him, and without Him nothing was made that were made…..And the Word became flesh and dwelt among us, and we beheld His glory, the glory as of the only begotten of the Father, full of grace and truth.” (John 1:1-3, 14) Jesus Christ is not only the Son of God, but is God Himself. He is not only God but the creator of everything.

Paul goes on to say of Christ, “For by Him all things were created that are in the heavens and that are on the earth, visible and invisible, whether thrones or dominions or principalities or powers. All things were created through Him and for Him. And He is before all things, and in Him all things consist.” (Colossians 1:16-17) Not only is Jesus Christ, God and creator of everything, but He holds it all together with His own power. Verse 17 in the New Living Translation says, “He existed before anything else, and He holds all creation together.”

When I was in the US Army, I quickly learned that the Commander had absolute authority over all of my activities. I respected his position and surrendered to his authority. In Matthew 28:18, Jesus said, “I have been given all authority in heaven and on earth.”  If Jesus has all authority in heaven and on earth, who has the rest? I must trust Jesus for who He is and respect His authority over my life. Only then will I be willing to obey all of His commands. Jesus said in John 14:15, “If you love me, you will keep my commandments.” (ESV) Another way that Jesus could have said this to men, is, “If you trust and respect me, you will obey all of my commandments.”

If we truly love God with all of our heart, mind and soul then we are able to do as Paul said, “And so, dear brothers and sisters, I plead with you to give your bodies to God because of all He has done for you. Let them be a living and holy sacrifice—the kind He will find acceptable. This is truly the way to worship Him. Don’t copy the behavior and customs of this world, but let God transform you into a new person by changing the way you think. Then you will learn to know God’s will for you, which is good and pleasing and perfect.” (Romans 12:1-2 NLT) The above verse gives the definition between being a Cultural Christian and being a Biblical Christian.

The Cultural Christian copies the behavior of the world, living an unholy, non-sacrificed lifestyle that is unacceptable to God. They fit into the culture around them more than they fit into God’s Biblical plan for their lives. They give into the same temptations over and over, because they want what they want more than they want what God wants.

The Biblical Christian worships God by living a holy and sacrificial life—the kind that God accepts. They spend time in God’s Word and pray regularly, while letting God transform them into new people who have changed the way they think. They have learned to know God’s will which is good and pleasing and perfect. They submit to God and resist temptation, because they want what God wants for them more than they want what they want for themselves.

In conclusion, a Biblical Christian, surrenders fully to the Holy Spirits control and reaches spiritual maturity to the point that he trusts, respects and obeys God. He has done this because he has learned to love God with all of his heart, mind and soul. This is best done by reading God’s Word daily and by finding a more spiritually mature man that you can ask to be your Paul (mentor) and a Timothy that you can mentor and train to mentor other men. (II Timothy 2:2)

Roy Comstock is Chairman and Founder of Christian Mentors Network, Inc. He is the author of the three-volume series, “Mentoring His Way – Disciple Twelve – based on the Twelve Characteristics of a Godly Life. As well as the TriCord Journal for Men and Go Deeper – 4 Powerful steps to Disciple Men through One-on-One Mentoring. For more information go to CMN’s website: www.christianmentorsnetwork.org.

All Scripture used in this article are from the New King James version, unless otherwise stated

Making Discipleship a Priority

Pastor’s Perspective by Tim Kelly

People in the church lead busy lives.  In the midst of a busy world the church must press to prioritize those things which God has asked of us, and not get sidetracked.  One of the highest priorities of the church is discipleship.  Yet even though Jesus instructs us to make disciples in His Great Commission (Matthew 28:18-20) to us, it seems that discipleship is a lost art within the church.  The excuse is painfully clear:  Pastors and church leaders are already swamped.Perhaps you’re thinking, “Great, here’s yet another thing that I ought to be doing, but I’m overwhelmed as it is.”  I feel your pain.  As a solo church planter my plate is full, and so is yours.  Add some crisis inside the church and “issues” outside the church, plus a budget strain, time crunch with family, and I am ready to raise a white flag into the air to keep from tackling one more ministry task.  However, we cannot dismiss Jesus’ words to “make disciples of all nations.”  Let us be reminded that the command to make disciples is not a suggestion from Jesus, but a command.  Phrase Matthew 28:19 any way you like in Greek, and you’ll see that the central verb is make disciples, by which teaching and baptizing complement.  This is what Jesus intends us to do.  I want to share with you why and how you can make discipleship a priority in your church.First, as I just said, Jesus commands us, and this is reason enough.  Therefore, we must make discipleship a priority; this isn’t open to discussion.  I personally know of few churches in the U.S. who have an active discipleship plan apart from my own church.  U.S. churches implement great programs, but not necessarily what Jesus commands as essential.  So, what’s going to give?  Let’s be honest, we can cut those things in our schedules which don’t have the same priority as discipleship.  I’m learning myself to let go of things and delegate other items that I simply have no business doing.  I firmly believe that if you put time into discipleship and pray for God to provide people to take things off of your plate, it will happen.  For me it’s been letting go of more administrative things and financial items, and trusting my part-time office administrator and financial director to do what they do best, and it’s working!

Second, if you are actively making disciples within the church, then you model it for your flock.  I meet personally with five guys on a weekly basis, utilizing the discipleship books from the Christian Mentor’s Network.  I spend roughly six to seven hours a week devoted to discipleship, and it is worth every minute.  Why?  Through it I’m pouring into the lives of men to help them walk more closely with Jesus and, at the same time, prepare them so that they will one day disciple other guys at our church.  I look forward to the day, in the not too distant future, when we’ll have sixteen of us fully trained to disciple more in our church, especially those who are beginning a new relationship with Jesus!  Additionally, by disciplining a handful of guys, I get to see who is truly faithful, available, and teachable (F.A.T.– a great acronym to use with guys – I’d probably phrase it differently for the ladies), basically those who have leadership qualifications.  Through discipleship, leaders within our church are being raised up.  So, out of my time with these guys, they become equipped, and I get to develop and see who is qualified and capable to be our future leaders.

Third, discipleship builds a strong church and the next generation.  There is so much talk about younger people leaving the church.  I believe that one reason why, is that we haven’t involved them in ministry nor have we built strong relationships with them. Discipleship addresses both of these issues.  When we disciple/mentor them, we get to listen to them, encourage them, impart to them, build trust with them, and strengthen relationships with them.  This life-on-life approach is the way that Jesus modeled for his own disciples and commands us to do.  Also, training them so that they can disciple others involves them in the nitty-gritty of ministry.  We value young people and more importantly, God wants to use them mightily.  A church engaged in discipleship will train the next generation for hands-on ministry in order to reach the next generation for Christ.

So, what will it be in your life and in your church?  Will you make discipleship a top priority where you develop a plan to actually disciple?  If you’re a pastor or church leader, then it has to start with you.  You can be very involved in many “good” things, but Christ’s words are straight-forward: make disciples.  I encourage you to begin today by using the Christian Mentors Network materials and resources to begin a discipleship plan in your church.  A brief word of caution…  This is not another program, but rather a value and mindset that will be passed from person to person. Please do not let busyness keep you from what God wants you to do.  In the end, by valuing and practicing discipleship, you obey Jesus, train people for ministry, and build His church by His means.

Tim Kelly served as a Discipleship Leader for CRU in Chile for ten year and as Lead Pastor of Genesis Christian Church in Gilbert, AZ. He is now living in Austin, TX and serving as a Financial Advisor for New York Life. Tim is discipling two young men through CMN’s one-on-one mentoring relationship, and they are both getting ready to mentor their first. He is a graduate of Westminster Theological Seminary (Philadelphia, PA) and pursuing doctoral studies at Phoenix Seminary. He is currently serving as a member of the Board of Directors for Christian Mentors Network.    He is the husband of his lovely wife Lisa and father to four little ones, all under the age of 10.

Women Mentoring Women

Dear Roy and Sarah,

I wanted to share with you a bible verse the Lord brought to me while I was going through Book 1 of Mentoring His Way.

“Be strong and of good courage, do not fear nor be afraid of them; for the Lord your God, He is the One who goes with you. He will not leave you nor forsake you.”  Deuteronomy 31:6 NKJV

Two years ago I introduced the mentoring program to our Women’s Ministry.  At that time I was going through book 1 and I knew this was a life changing tool!  I was growing so strongly in my relationship with the Lord.  I had a growing hunger to know more about Jesus, and it got to the point where I was literally craving his presence in my life!  I was reading my bible every day, and when I finished book one I knew who I was in Christ.  I knew that He would direct my path through His Spirit.  I also learned how to rebuke Satan and to put on the Armor of God.

As I started Book 2 the Lord started to reveal things to me and Satan started to attack.  I was attacked at my job, my church, and within my family as well.   I thank God for my mentor Julie.  She prayed with me and took me to God’s Word.  “Be strong and of good courage, do not fear nor be afraid of them” took on a whole new meaning to me.  I had no idea what was going on but now as I look back I realize Satan tried to destroy my faith in Christ.  The second part of this verse is so true, “for the Lord your God, He is the One who goes with you. He will not leave you nor forsake you.”  As I look back on the last year, I can now clearly see God’s hand print all over it!!

I wanted to update you on how the Lord has been moving in Coolidge.  We have had 22 women touched by Mentoring His Way!  We have four ladies starting the program this week!  As the ladies go through the books they too develop a desire to go deeper into the Word of God. “And do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind, that you may prove that good and acceptable and perfect will of God” Romans 12:2.  We have started small intimate bible studies and I’m so excited to introduce the TriCord Journal!

Today I am starting to mentor my sixth lady, and I am so excited to see what the Lord has in store for us!  I think I’m more excited than my mentee because I know that every time I go through this, God reveals more to me.

It was truly a blessing to meet you both, and to have the opportunity to share my experience with Mentoring His Way at your luncheon.  As I was sitting at the luncheon and seen all of the Mighty Men in red shirts, I was thinking how awesome it would be to see the women in all the same color t-shirts too.  It is such an encouragement to be able to share with each other what God is doing in our lives and in our families!

In Him, Jolyn Logan