Podcast 017 – “The Art of Mentoring” with Vicky Dillon – Part 2

Gospel-centered living means we admit our inadequacy, know we need support, and learn from others further along or stronger in their faith journey.  But how do we enter into these relationships and what expectations should we have?⁣⁣ In this podcast, host Lisa DaSilva continues her conversation with longtime mentor Vicky Dillon as they discuss some of the fears, goals, and joys associated with mentoring.

Noteworthy Quotes

“I’m able to look back now and see some of the benefits, the results, the fruit of having had mentors in my life.”

“Whatever your spiritual gifting is…. You can always bring somebody alongside and invite them into that world.”

“Mentoring isn’t always really formal.  It can be formal, like a weekly meeting, a study, a plan, and that’s wonderful,  but there are other times when you do it less formally – Maybe quarterly, or monthly…. It can come in so many different shapes and sizes.”

“With any gift we’ve been given, there is one goal: To equip others.”

“As I open up a little about my life, women begin to share.”

“I’m going to teach you something, and then can you go and put it into practice? Go and teach it to someone else.”

“It’s fairly simple. It’s not easy, but it’s simple.”

“As I’m learning to follow Christ, you come with me.”

“Let’s not be remiss in asking ourselves, to what end does this all matter?  Why do we care about all this? It’s more than just being able to encourage somebody so they can have a better marriage, raise healthier kids, get through the day a little easier…. Those are all important and valuable, but really, as we follow Christ, the end is to glorify God – To walk faithfully this side of heaven.”

“What we share in common is Jesus.”

“When we have Christ at the center – The Holy Spirit – He’s doing something bigger than us.”

“We’re never too young to start, and we’re never too old to stop.”

“We tether to one another so that we can be all that God has purposed us to be.”

“There’s a responsibility for the mentee as well: If we’re going to ask someone to come alongside us…to take their time, their energy, their prayer to mentor us, we sure better be willing.”

“Come with a teachable spirit.”

“It can be humbling for someone to speak truth or maybe point out a blind-spot in our lives, but it can be so rich when we are willing to receive it and wrestle through that – To knead it through our heart and mind – To really be able to let the Lord do a work in us.”

“Our relationship really began as mentoring, and evolved and transitioned into friendship. Now, we both learn from each other.”

“Be aware and prayerful to know when the time is winding down. There really is a season to everything.”

“Regardless of your age, be in deep relationship with the Lord, so you can be in relationship with other women.”

Scripture References

Philippians 4:9

Whatever you have learned or received or heard from me, or seen in me—put it into practice. And the God of peace will be with you.”

Ephesians 4:7,11-13

“But grace was given to each one of us according to the measure of Christ’s gift. And he gave the apostles, the prophets, the evangelists, the shepherds and teachers, to equip the saints for the work of ministry, for building up the body of Christ, until we all attain to the unity of the faith and of the knowledge of the Son of God, to mature manhood, to the measure of the stature of the fullness of Christ, so that we may no longer be children, tossed to and fro by the waves and carried about by every wind of doctrine, by human cunning, by craftiness in deceitful schemes”.

Titus 2:3-5

“Likewise, teach the older women to be reverent in the way they live, not to be slanderers or addicted to much wine, but to teach what is good. Then they can train the younger women to love their husbands and children, to be self-controlled and pure, to be busy at home, to be kind, and to be subject to their husbands, so that no one will malign the word of God.”

1 Corinthians 11:1

“Follow my example, as I follow the example of Christ.”

2 Timothy 2:2

“The things which you have heard from me in the presence of many witnesses, entrust these to faithful men who will be able to teach others also.”

Matthew 28:19-20

“Go therefore and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and the Son and the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all that I commanded you; and lo, I am with you always, even to the end of the age.”

                                                                                                                                   

About Vicky Dillon: Vicky lives in Camas, Washington and is the wife of a pastor and mom of two adult sons. While she’s trained as an accountant, Vicky has served in vocational and lay ministry for the majority of her career. She is currently the board chair of Journey Theater – A local theater group ministering to youth here in the Portland/Vancouver area. She also serves on the board of SHAPE NW-a summer camp program for kids. In her spare time she enjoys hiking, tennis, snowshoeing, puzzles and game nights with friends and family.

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