Mentors as Instruments of God's Call has become a sought-after guide for those in the process of discerning a call to ministry or seeking to clarify their call.
New editions of this book, first published in 1992, are now available in Spanish and English from the General Board of Higher Education and Ministry of The United Methodist Church. The new editions were updated by author Justo L. González, a retired member of the Rio Grande Annual Conference and former professor at the Evangelical Seminary of Puerto Rico and Candler School of Theology.
"All the great leaders of the church have had mentors who helped form and train them. Unfortunately, there was a time when the importance of mentoring was forgotten, or simply left to the chance encounter between people who would then establish a mentoring relationship," González says. "The current emphasis on mentoring, and its inclusion in the official programs and parameters for the development of new leadership, hold great promise for the future of The United Methodist Church, as well as for others who are following similar paths."
The book is an excellent concise introduction for anyone interested in learning more about the biblical meaning of mentoring.
The Rev. Sharon Rubey, director of Candidacy and Conference Relations of the General Board of Higher Education and Ministry, says the book is a helpful guide for indentifying and training candidacy mentors.
"This thoughtful resource augments individual candidacy journeys and Conference candidacy programs," Rubey says.
Published by GBHEM, Mentors as Instruments of God's Call: Biblical Reflections, ISBN 978-0-938162-80-3, is available for $5.95 through Cokesbury at 1.800.672.1789 or online at www.cokesbury.com. The Spanish edition, Mentores como Instrumentos del llamado de Dios, ISBN 978-0-938162-79-7, also is available from Cokesbury and for the same price.