“Then Jesus came to them and said, ‘All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me. Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you. And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age” (Matthew 28:18-20).
The Need for Mission’s Mentorship
The aim of Elijah Company, Inc. mentorship is to take people into the heart of missionary life, and a safe place for growth, by providing relational and experiential development for cross-cultural ministry. Mentorship is a synonym for discipleship. The Greek word for disciple, ‘mathetes‘ means “One who attaches himself to another to gain some practical or theoretical knowledge, whether by instruction or by experience.”
Mark writes that Jesus chose twelve men “that they might be with Him” (Mark 3:14). A key to mentorship is togetherness. He spent time with His chosen disciples, instructed them, gave them experience, and affirmed their gifting. Those called to be apostolic (as in being sent) were together with the apostles such as Peter and Mark, Barnabas and Saul, Paul and Silas, Paul and Mark, etc.. The Holy Spirit uses as mentors those whom he has already developed in specific ministries in order to develop others in the same.
“The Elijah Company stimulates an awakening in me. I walk each day with a greater sense of purpose to the fulfillment of the promises and call God has put on my life.” Mission’s Candidate
“I joined the Board of Elijah Company, Inc. because I saw in the organization a new, fresh, and exciting alternative to the traditional ways of preparing people for the field. It’s hands-on and people-focused.” Elijah Company Board Member
“And the things you have heard me say in the presence of many witnesses, entrust to reliable men who will also be qualified to teach others” (2 Timothy 2:2).