Mentors in Action - Barry & Julie Lynch
We all have seen at one time or another, what happens in someone’s life when God gets a hold of a human heart and does a work that cannot be denied. Barry and Julie Lynch are ones that have had the opportunity to both witness and embody this kind of work because they said “yes” to Mentoring His Way, and “yes” to what the Holy Spirit would do in their lives.
It really is quite simple. It started with one man being mentored by another. Before long, the evidence was unmistakable: Barry’s walk with the Lord was getting stronger and everyone could see how God was using this study to change a husband, father, and man into a Christ-centered follower who surrenders daily to the Holy Spirit. It wasn’t long before his wife, once his high school sweetheart, took notice and wanted to be equally impacted in her own faith.
These two are not the super elite of our churches, mission fields, or movements. There is nothing that sets them apart as “out of the norm”. This is the beauty of it. Christ does the miraculous with the ordinary, with hearts that are simply willing to be changed by the power of Christ and the truth of His Word.
Before getting involved in CMN, Barry was growing in his relationship with Christ but he still had a lot of questions. In Barry’s own words he was “going it alone without the help and support of trustworthy men by his side”. That all changed when he began meeting with Roy and getting involved in a TriCord. Since that time, God has led him to use his gifts to lead a men’s mentor training class, and has personally mentored many men as well as referring many others to the ministry. Many of the men Barry mentored or introduced to Mentoring His Way have gone on to mentor other men, as well.
It goes without saying that the impact on Barry’s family was immense. Here’s how Julie describes it: “I first became interested in the mentor/discipleship study when I noticed what a huge impact it was having on my husband, Barry. His walk with God was getting stronger and I saw how God was using this study to change Barry’s life, which in turn, had such a positive impact on our marriage and our entire family. When I was able to go through the study myself, God really placed it on my heart that my relationship with Him is all really so simple, basic even. God used the study to help me see that all I need can be found in Him, that He alone can fulfill all my inner desires. This realization helped me break my cycle of unrealistically relying on worldly influences to satisfy the emptiness I felt inside.”
For Barry and Julie, the Lord has used this ministry to open their eyes to see through an eternal perspective and has taught them to seek His will like never before. No doubt, it has been one of the most rewarding and life-changing things God has allowed them to be a part of. Now it is their joy to live as His disciples and use what they have been given to equip and build up the church, the body of Christ and to further his Kingdom.
“It was He who gave some to be apostles, some to be prophets, some to be evangelists, and some to be pastors and teachers, to prepare God’s people for works of service, so that the body of Christ may be built up until we all reach unity in the faith and in the knowledge of the Son of God and become mature, attaining to the whole measure of the fullness of Christ.” Ephesians 4:11-13
Until Every Believer is a Disciple Maker,