For over thirty years, Leighton Ford Ministries (LFM) has supported healthy leaders who sustain thriving ministries through mentoring communities. Several hundred pastors and ministry leaders participate globally, with sustainability demonstrated by the multiple second- and third-generation mentoring communities that have formed. Through the Thriving in Ministry Initiative, LFM is building upon that foundation to provide mentoring opportunities for 400 additional pastors of smaller churches, congregations of color, and church plants. LFM selects and equips experienced senior pastors to serve as mentors, helps connect them with younger pastors in the three primary contexts, and then supports them in launching a mentoring community. The typical LFM mentoring community is comprised of eight to 10 pastors who meet regularly as a cohort with an experienced mentor, including an annual retreat to allow time for rest, listening, and prayer. LFM mentors focus on being a “friend on the journey” rather than “master and pupil,” with the primary focus on listening and helping the mentees listen to God. Ongoing support includes regular coaching opportunities for both mentors and mentees as well as resources curated by a team of senior advisors.
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