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Learning in Discipleship

When Jesus gave His great commission just before He ascended to heaven, He placed an emphasis on learning in discipleship. Notice Matthew 28:19-20 “Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, … teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you.” (NIV) Here Jesus identifies “teaching” as a key component in making disciples. In his book (Managers as Mentors), Chip Bell speaks of learning when he declares: ”The best mentors recognize they are first and foremost, facilitators and catalysts in a process of discovery and insight. This is supported by Lois Zachary, in her book (Creating a Mentoring Culture), who asserts: “Learning is the fundamental process and primary purpose of mentoring.” She further states: “One of the principle reasons that mentoring relationships fail is that the learning process is not tended to and the focus of learning is not maintained.” When seeking to understand both discipling and mentoring the common denominator of learning cannot be ignored. This begs the question: Can you have discipleship or mentoring without the basic component of learning? If this question is answered in the negative, then it is incumbent upon us as disciplers and mentors to build a safe environment where real learning can take place.