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Home Building Leaders A Teacher’s Greatest Disappointment

A Teacher’s Greatest Disappointment

Have you ever poured your life into someone only to see him or her turn into just about the biggest disappointment possible?

I’ve had disappointments as a teacher and discipler. But none nearly as great as the one I am going to tell you about.

I won’t give you this professor’s name, because you would recognize it right away. Suffice it to say, he took on a very promising young man to disciple in the faith. The teacher’s reputation was such that if he were to let it be known that he was looking for someone to mentor, most people would drop everything to volunteer for the position.

There was nothing this professor wouldn’t do for his student. He took his protégé along on trips so the student could observe how the teacher handled some of the most challenging situations. The young man not only had the opportunity to hear many hours of teaching, but in private moments also had opportunities to ask his mentor any question and expect an answer.

Not surprisingly, the teacher had enemies. For some it was professional jealousy; others were offended by things he said. Perhaps his greatest mistake was in letting anyone, even his young student, get so close to him. Then again, maybe he saw it coming all along.

For it was through this student that the professor’s enemies found their opportunity and quite literally, crucified him.

OK, by now you know Whom I’m talking about and how it all turns out.

If you’re a teacher, and if you’ve ever discipled anyone, what makes you think you might not have a failure or two? If you, as a discipler, make yourself vulnerable, why should you expect to not experience hurt, even deep hurt, on occasion?

“For as we share abundantly in Christ’s sufferings, so through Christ we share abundantly in comfort too.” (2 Corinthians 1:5 ESV)

Remember, you and I trace our spiritual lineage back to the 11 disciples who did not betray Jesus. We pass along that legacy of love to those we disciple, who will in turn pass it along to their protégés.

And if you have a Judas in your life, remember, Jesus had one, too.

Pause and Reflect:

Think about the failures in your labor of discipling and building leaders.
How will you demonstrate grace and mercy like Jesus did and display the glory of God?
Pray that God will help you to glorify Him even in incidents of apparent disloyalty and failure.

– LeaderSource SGA

David Goodman
David Goodmanhttp://www.entrust4.org/about/staff/goodman
David was born on the mission field in Cameroon, Africa, spending his childhood in the Central African Republic, so he understands missionary life by personal experience. He and his wife, Nancy, have been married for 41 years and have three adult children. He has served in a variety of pastoral positions in local churches, and was for thirteen years the senior pastor of Winnetka Bible Church in Winnetka, Illinois. Not only has he worked in local churches, he has also been the International Vice President of T-Net International where he equipped and mobilized U.S. pastors to train pastor trainers in countries throughout the world. David also served as Senior Associate: Strategic Enterprise for TOPIC (Trainers of Pastors International Coalition) just before coming to Entrust. In September 2009, David assumed the role of President at Entrust, headquartered in Colorado Springs, CO. He is called to Entrust to serve a creative, collaborative ministry team that glorifies God in producing pastors and church leaders who lead others to fullness of life in Christ. David and Nancy enjoy the adventure of exploring new places, new ideas and other cultures. Entrust has been equipping servant-leaders for over 30 years by building training systems that are locally sustainable from the start. These systems are built with transferability in mind so that the training multiplies (2 Tim. 2:2)—taking seriously the fact that the church in parts of the world is growing faster than the leadership. Entrust reaches out to church leaders where the need is greatest. We currently serve in Central and Eastern Europe, Russia, Central Asia, the Middle East and Africa, and are pursuing opportunities in East Asia, India and Latin America.

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