For years I have had the following question in my mind: "Who mentors the mentors?" Where is the "support group" for our leaders who spend countless hours pouring themselves out to others? What happens when that support group is not in place? Being in a position of influence can be a lonely place. It is no wonder that Paul said the following in his letter to the church in Rome:
"For I long to see you, that I may impart to you some spiritual gift, so that you may be established. That is, that I may be encouraged together with you by the mutual faith both of you and me. (Romans 1:11-12)
Paul was anxious to visit his fellow laborers because he desired to help them in some way by using one of his spiritual gifts. In addition, he knew he would be encouraged by them when he saw how faithful they were. Interestingly enough, I came across the above passage in my daily reading last week before I had a couple of planning meetings. I was reminded then how much I was blessed by getting together with a group of like-minded leaders.
Tonight's meeting was different. I held a meeting tonight for the ladies at my church who lead our women's only small groups. The meeting's purpose was twofold: 1) To provide vision and 2) To provide a sense of belonging to my faithful group leaders. We hear too often the importance of vision, for without it "the people perish" (Pr 28:18). How often though is our own need to be part of a team stressed? How often do we provide training and support for our leaders? I believe that too often we neglect ourselves because it always seems that there is too much to do. We get so busy pouring out of ourselves that we don't take the time to fill back up.
So I guess my point is this. No matter what is going on in our crazy worlds, we must not cease to be shepherds to our leadership. We must keep building up these faithful ones so that they can remain strong for the battle that rages on continually. Together we all can remain strong.