If you’re starting to mentor a younger believer for the first time, it can be helpful to draw on the experience of others.
There are many books on the subject, but here are a few that are great to have in your mentoring toolbelt!
Multiplication Ministries International
Cost: $12.50 (Order #: M5500)
This is a 9-week study that covers the basics of the faith, including: assurance of salvation, attributes of God, the Bible, prayer, the Holy Spirit, fellowship, witnessing, temptation, and obedience. It contains detailed instructions for the discipler, and is designed to be done one-on-one – although it also works in a small group. This material is excellent, but can be a little dry unless you add the “relational” element, in which case it becomes riveting!
David Buehring Cost: $11.96
EBOOK Cost: $49.95
DVD Cost: $49.95
This is a 48-week, year-long study of the basics of walking with Christ and becoming a disciple. This can be done one-on-one, in groups, or as a whole congregation, and is available in ebook and video format. Topics include Knowing God, A Call to Discipleship, The Grace of God, The Cross, Sin & Repentance, Hearing the Voice of God, The Disciple’s Disciplines, Relationships, Spiritual Warfare, The Church in Acts, Advancing the Kingdom, Passion, Purpose & Giftedness, and Making Disciples.
John Ortberg Cost: $14.07
With a new chapter on prayer and added discussion questions, this expanded edition of The Life You’ve Always Wanted offers modern perspectives on the ancient path of the spiritual disciplines. But this is more than just a book about things to do to be a good Christian. It’s a road map toward true transformation that starts not with the individual but with the object of the journey—Jesus Christ.
I’ve personally found this book to be extremely transformational, especially its fresh look at the “spiritual disciplines.” Such concepts as the practice of slowing, appropriate smallness, celebrating a dee dah day, and training vs. trying (easily the most influential concept for me in the past decade) have made transformation in the Christian life not only more accessible – but considerably more enjoyable as well!
Mark and Patti Virkler
Video workbook: $6.95 Paperback: $9.95 Audio/Video: $36.49 – $76.85
Pastor Mark Virkler shares his one-year quest to hear the voice of God, and the principles for hearing God’s voice that he learned from Habakkuk 2:1-2. He then started employing a 2-way method of journaling with God, to record the words and pictures he began to hear from the Lord. In these 13 lessons, he teaches about various areas of our lives where we can receive wonderful counsel from the Wonderful Counselor, while recording what the Lord shows us through 2-way journaling. It’s amazing how this process of “watching” and “listening” to the Holy Spirit more deliberately can deepen your relationship with God – and your understanding of His work in your life!
Larry Kreider Cost: $11.69
The Church needs believers who are willing to learn to spiritually mentor others, who are willing to act as spiritual elders, fathers and mothers in the faith. Younger believers need help learning how to grow spiritually, get equipped for their calling, and do the works of Jesus wherever they live and work. Larry Kreider offers instruction on how to mentor other believers through encouragement, daily prayer, etc. This is an incredibly humble, authentic view of what it’s like to be a spiritual parent – including a long-range view of mentoring over a period of decades in a person’s life. I was glued to every page…
I hope these resources give you courage to help younger believers get established in their faith . . . as you do your part to fulfill the Great Commission!