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About the Author
MaryKate Morse represents a global team of leaders who, under the guidance of Leighton Ford, developed the Mentoring Communities model of group leadership development. She is a professor at Portland Seminary, a mentor for Lausanne Young Leaders, and a trainer for Leighton Ford Ministries. She is a founding board member of Missio Alliance and is affiliated with Global Evangelists Forum and Africa Enterprise. She is also a spiritual director for local and international Christian leaders. She is a writer and author of Making Room for Leadership and A Guidebook to Prayer.
Table of Contents
(Unless otherwise indicated, chapters are written by MaryKate Morse.)
Introduction: The Story of Mentoring Communities ix
Part 1 The Need for Leaders and the Needs of Leadership
1 The Urgent Need of Emerging Leaders 1
2 What Is Spiritual Mentoring? 21
3 Safe Times, Safe Places, Safe People: Where Leaders Grow in Christ 35
4 Mentoring Communities in the Bible 49
Part 2 Essentials of Lifelong Leadership
5 Solitude Anne Grizzle) 67
6 Prayer and Bible Reflection 79
7 Listening Leighton Ford 95
8 Questions 113
9 Discernment 129
10 Group Listening Prayer: The Core Spiritual Discipline of Mentoring Communities Anne Grizzle 143
Part 3 The Mentoring Community Experience
11 The Rhythm of Spiritual Mentoring, Communities 157
12 Building and Sustaining a Mentoring Community 171
Afterword: My Mentoring Story Leighton Ford 187
What People are Saying About This
YES. Mentoring, in community, is essentialnot optionalfor every frontline ministry leader. In Lifelong Leadership, MaryKate Morse casts a vision for the purpose, power, and practical shape of life-changing, sometimes even life-saving, Mentoring Communities. Stop going it alone and start growing in a group.
Leighton Ford is widely regarded as the greatest mentoring leader of his generation. He and his ministry partners MaryKate Morse and Anne Grizzle have inspired me and countless emerging leaders to lead more like and more to Jesus. This powerfully insightful and immensely practical book will empower you to help a new generation discover their God-given beauty and power and make their unique contribution to the world.
Anyone in ministry leadership knows how lonely it can be. Seminary training and giftednessvital as they areare not enough to spare leaders from problems and challenges they didn’t see coming or those dark nights of the soul they must keep to themselves. Lifelong Leadership is a godsend. You hold in your hands a step-by-step, practical guide to create and launch a Mentoring Communitya time-tested practice that has been used globally to end leadership isolation and that benefits emerging leaders with the wisdom and support they long for and need.