The following quote is designed for business readers. But, the truth in it applies to Christians. The Bible is filled with examples of the Genuine, Intercollegial Relationships we are urged to participate in.
“Put the relationship before the mentorship. All too often, mentorship can evolve into a “check the box” procedure instead of something authentic and relationship-based. For real mentorship to succeed, there needs to be a baseline chemistry between a mentor and a mentee. Studies show that even the best-designed mentoring programs are no substitute for a genuine, intercollegial relationship between mentor and mentee. One piece of research, conducted by Belle Rose Ragins, a mentoring expert and professor at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, demonstrated that unless mentees have a basic relationship with their mentors, there is no discernable difference between mentees and those not mentored. All this is to say that mentoring requires rapport. At best, it propels people to break from their formal roles and titles (boss versus employee) and find common ground as people.” What the Best Mentors Do Harvard Business Review Visit Site By Anthony K. Tjan February 27, 2017
When we put doctrine above relationship, we fail to make a difference in our families, our congregations, the church Jesus builds and in this world.