I am persuaded that every believer should have healthy mentor relationships in order to maximize there full potential. I have heard the Paul, Timothy and Barnabas model of mentorship taught on several occasions, and today I would like to set our focus on this model in the context of the marketplace. In business, placing yourself in the correct mentor relationship can make quite a difference.
So where do we start?
Pray and seek guidance about finding a Paul type mentor in the marketplace. Paul was a discipler of young Timothy. When seeking a Paul, age is not the primary criteria. You will want to find someone whom you look up to and respect for the accomplishments they have made in their career. I highly recommend praying that God send a believer your way, so that he/she can help you navigate the marketplace with a biblical worldview.
You will also need to find a person to serve in a Barnabas capacity. Your Barnabas will be on an equal playing field as you when it comes to matters of spiritual walk, and marketplace accomplishments. The person you designate as your Barnabas, should not be impressed by you and bold enough to call you to the carpet when they feel you need it. Be sure you pick an individual you can be transparent with. The Barnabas relationship is primarily about keeping you accountable, and encouraging you in the tough times. Another thing to note about this relationship is that it’s a two-way street, because you will have to serve in the role of Barnabas for the person on the other end of this accountability relationship.
Lastly, you need to find a Timothy type relationship. Your Timothy is someone you can help along. Don’t fall into the trap of neglecting a Timothy in your life. Mentoring someone in this capacity causes God to draw potential out of you, as you mentor, affirm, encourage, teach, and pray for your Timothy.
The hunt is on.
Begin to think about some possible relationships you can foster in the marketplace. Make a list of individuals and pray about approaching them and asking if you can be accountable to one another in such a capacity.
Let us know what you think. Do you have bible based business relationships? How are they working out for you?