You Are Meant to Be a MentorYou probably have more "friends" than everonce you tally up all your social networking connections. But virtual relationships alone can't meet the Church's desperate need for spiritually mature women and men to mentor younger believers to be faithful servants of Christ.If you are like many believers, you may not feel prepared to be a trusted influencer because you haven't had a spiritual mother or father yourself. The Cry for Spiritual Mothers and Fathers, written by seasoned disciple and Christian leadership trainer Larry Kreider, will give you the proven biblical keys you need to become a godly mentor. Discover why spiritual mother- and fatherhood is every believer's calling, and find out how to nurture a spiritual family that expands the kingdom of God.This is the essential handbook for answering God's call to become the spiritual father or mother He has called you to be.
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About the Author
Larry Kreider is the founder and international director of DOVE Christian Fellowship International, a worldwide network of churches and ministries dedicated to advancing God's kingdom on six continents. He has written more than 30 books, including House to House, The Biblical Foundation series, Building Your Personal House of Prayer, Starting a House Church, and Authentic Spiritual Mentoring. Larry and his wife, LaVerne, have been married for 42 years, have four children and three grandchildren, and live in Lancaster, Pennsylvania.
Table of Contents
Foreword Floyd McClung 13
A Note from the Author 15
Part I Understanding the Importance of Spiritual Mothering and Fathering
1 Calling All Believers 18
Key: Everyone is called to be a spiritual mother or father
2 Making a Spiritual Investment 26
Key: Spiritual children are our inheritance
3 Becoming a Spiritual Family 35
Key: Spiritual parenting involves family-type relationships as a way of life
4 Growing to Spiritual Parenthood 57
Key: There are three stages of growth for every believer
Part II Becoming a Spiritual Mother or Father
5 Looking for a Spiritual Parent Relationship 72
Key: If you do not have a spiritual parent, begin by becoming one
6 Finding Security in the Father's Love 81
Key: Only God can meet your need for a father's love
7 Healing the Past 91
Key: God can heal past wounds and restore His people for service
8 Expanding the Number of Spiritual Parents 107
Key: Multiple spiritual parents produce multiple spiritual parents
Part III Practical Insights for Spiritual Mothers and Fathers
9 Copying the Jesus Model 114
Key: You need to initiate and build a relationship and then release your spiritual daughter or son
10 Developing as a Spiritual Parent 129
Key: You need to develop the kind of spiritual parenting relationship your spiritual son or daughter needs
11 Making Decisions as a Spiritual Parent 145
Key: You should help your spiritual daughter or son make wise decisions
12 Avoiding Pitfalls 158
Key: You must trust God and be wise in all your relationships
13 Releasing Your Spiritual Children 176
Key: When the time is right, you need to let your spiritual daughters and sons fly!
14 Answering Your Call to Spiritual Parenthood 184
Key: God has called you} so what are you waiting for?
A Final Challenge 202
Epilogue: The Progression of Impartation 204
About the Author 220
What People are Saying About This
There are a few significant books on my bookshelf about the important issue of spiritual fathering and mothering, but none of them tops this one. Larry Kreider has reached into the storehouse of his unique experience and insight to offer us what will no doubt become a new standard on the subject. Because Larry’s understanding of the role of spiritual parents in the family of God is so profound, I enthusiastically recommend this book to you.
Dr. David Cannistraci, Senior Pastor, GateWay City Church, San Jose, CA; Author, God’s Vision for Your Church
Larry Kreider is a true servant to the Church, a leader whose dimension of effectiveness in advancing the Kingdom and shaping leaders evidences a level of gifting and humility that is so apostolic that it doesn’t need that title to certify it. I trust this man because his heart is pure and his mind is clear.
Jack W. Hayford, Founder and Chancellor, The King’s University, Los Angeles and Dallas
Larry Kreider’s book The Cry for Spiritual Mothers and Fathers reflects the values and vision he has imparted to DOVE Christian Fellowship International. The wisdom of these pages shows why DOVE has produced a stable, growing apostolic stream. When many American movements have declined or disappeared, Larry shows the way to growth and stability through spiritual parenting.
Dr. Daniel C. Juster, Director, Tikkun International
I devoured Larry’s book in one reading. Now I want to go back and digest it so I can pass on to others what I have learned.
Floyd McClung, Founder, All Nations, Cape Town, South Africa
Once again Larry Kreider has pioneered the way for others with this new book. He combines experience, knowledge and passion to guide us into Kingdom community. Read it with a highlighter in your hand and a person you wish to mentor in your heart!
Ralph Neighbour, Touch Ministries, Texas
Larry has done it again! He’s put cutting-edge concepts into laymen’s language. This is by far the best book on spiritual parenting that I have read on this subject. The combination of biblical principles and practical examples easily goes cross-cultural. This should be read by senior church and missions’ leaders, but also by young leaders who can begin to apply the teachings immediately. Larry has true authority and experience that many will learn from. Buy numerous copies of this book, practice the principles and, whatever your ministry is, it will be multiplied into many future generations. Give this book away to faithful men and women now.
Jim Orred, Youth With A Mission, Kailua-Kona, Hawaii
Larry Kreider is a spiritual father! In his book The Cry for Spiritual Mothers and Fathers, he not only extends a call to those who have a heart to train and establish others, but shares practical wisdom that helps one generation establish the next. This book provides how-to blueprints and challenges all of us need to move beyond our dysfunctional and abusive relationships of the past to become models of relationship building for a new generation. The Cry for Spiritual Mothers and Fathers will help you to develop a new lifestyleafter all, we are always influencing someone.
Dr. Chuck D. Pierce, President, Glory of Zion International Ministries; President, Global Spheres, Inc.
Larry Kreider has identified the key issue in the Church world today: Will the Church become a parenting force to impart health to a broken world? The implications of the spirit of fathering affect every area of personal and corporate spiritual life. There is an urgent call today for relationships that provide healthy spiritual nurture and authority. God is calling us to actively give ourselves to both being spiritually fathered as well as becoming spiritual fathers. Larry Kreider not only teaches on spiritual fathering, he is a spiritual fatherand through his words, the Lord calls us to maturity.
Dr. Robert Stearns, Founder and Executive Director, Eagles’ Wings
The Cry for Spiritual Mothers and Fathers is much more than a road map showing how we who are mature Christians must nurture the newer generations. It is all of that, but it is also an awesome word for cutting-edge leadership in today’s Church. I, for one, want to be the kind of fatherly leader that Larry Kreider urges us to be.
C. Peter Wagner, Vice President, Global Spheres, Inc.
What a great book! It’s down to earth, practical, understandable and applicable to mentoring emerging leaders todayit’s authentic. Larry Kreider is a father in the Church today. He writes out of who he is and the practical experience he has gained over the years. This book is a must for those who are mentoring or discipling others.
Barbara J. Yoder, Senior Pastor, Shekinah International Apostolic Center, Ann Arbor, Michigan