I just finished reading Protégé by Steve Saccone. This is one of the best how-to books on mentoring I’ve ever read.
Some highlights to look for …
The book includes an opening section on character. What are the struggles and sins that derail emerging leaders? Imitation. Performance. Overconfidence. Entitlement. (Also known as envy, self-reliance, foolishness and greed). Saccone sensitively explores how these character deficits affect leadership and then gives practical suggestions for mentors to help their protégés develop character and put these sins to death.
I found his section on developing young communicators to be incredibly challenging and practical. So many ministries bottleneck as the growth of the ministry outpaces the size of the team capable of communicating vision and teaching. The labs and exercises Saccone describes seem like they would really help. I plan to put them to use.
Lastly, his material on evangelism training is the best I’ve ever read. He digs deeply into the story of Philip and the Ethiopian eunuch and helps us apply what he finds. The idea of creating experiences where your protégés are being evangelized in order to help them understand what it’s like to be on the other side of the fence … genius! Why haven’t we all done this?
Each chapter ends with a quick summary, a set of immediate application ideas and a tip. I love the deep commitment to making the material practical.