Yes, that’s the latest picture of my baby granddaughter with her dad watching over her. I thought a picture capturing one generation looking out for the next would be a great way to introduce this post about mentoring.
During my thirties, I wished long and hard for a mentor—someone older who could point the way for those of us just starting out. At the time, I was leading a music ministry in a fast-paced church and wrestling with serious ministry issues. I had questions I didn’t know how to answer: How can I survive the relentless pace of ministry? How can I strengthen my relationship with my pastor? How can I recruit more volunteers? How do I care for those volunteers after I get them? I also struggled with perfectionism, insecurity, and self-doubt. My own character issues and dysfunctional behavioral patterns were threatening to sabotage the very ministry I was trying to build. Counseling offered a few answers, but I still desperately needed the guidance and wisdom of someone more experienced in ministry.
That sense of alienation and frustration has become the driving force behind all the mentoring and ministry coaching I do today. I have a deep love and respect for the next generation of worship and arts leaders. I want them to thrive and flourish. That’s why I’m offering them something I wish I had when I was their age—someone to turn to for help and encouragement.
Because of the sense of urgency I carry for mentoring, I am thrilled to announce that I am opening up more time in my schedule for one-on-one mentoring and ministry coaching, effective immediately. I am making myself available to worship leaders, arts leaders, and worship pastors who are interested in meeting once a month by phone or over Skype to talk through ministry related issues. Those meeting regularly with me are also eligible for a 50% discount on any of my books (for orders of 10 or more) as well as $150 off a Heart of the Artist retreat or workshop. For more information or to fill out an initial inquiry form, click here.