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Spiritual Growth Levels: Ministering to Spiritual Parents

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Spiritual GrowthSpiritual parents exhibit a consistency in their walk with God, as do spiritual adults.

What distinguishes spiritual parents from spiritual adults is that they take what they learn and teach others.  That does not have to be in a formal classroom or from the pulpit but can be in any kind of discipling or mentoring relationship.

Spiritual Parents Described:

1)  They are conscientious about what their lives communicate to others as they want to be an intentional example of what it is to live for the Lord. (1 Cor. 11:1)

2)  They have a strong reproductive bent.  They want to help others grow in their walk with the Lord so they in turn can help others. (2 Tim. 2:2)

3)  They have a strong desire to see others through to fruition. They will consequently follow through with others in their needs and spiritual growth. (1 Cor. 4:15-16)

Ministering to Spiritual Parents:

  • They need to be built up in their own spirit as they give and give to others, trusting that God will use them as they persevere, so they do not grow weary.  (Gal. 6:9-10) Provide plenty of encouragement and growth opportunities for them.  Do not assume they do not have spiritual needs because of being at this stage in their spiritual growth.
  • They need to be looking at the big picture so when hardships and rejection come as they invest in others, they don’t lose heart.  Hold Jesus up as their example.  (Heb. 12:1-3)
  • They need to, as they invest in ministry to others, not forget that the Lord is their first love. (Rev. 2:1-7) Ministry should never take first place in our lives, so consuming us that we have little time to spend with God.  Keep bringing them back to what should be their primary purpose and passion.

Learn more about spiritual parents, along with the other levels of spiritual growth in the Teachers Role in Discipling Students Toward Spiritual Growth Resource.

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