“Follow my example, as I follow the example of Christ.” (1 Corinthians 11:1, NIV)

Living the Christian life is not easy. Christians often struggle with the “how-to live” in a world with so many options and information to filter. As a result, the need for spiritual mentoring in the church is more important than ever before.

It might be a reasonable assumption to think that a person who professes to be a follower of Jesus Christ (a Christian) would have a biblical worldview. But a 2020 national survey of the worldview of Americans conducted by expert researcher George Barna and the Cultural Research Center at Arizona Christian University revealed an unsettling truth. The survey showed that although seven out of ten Americans consider themselves Christian, just 6% possess a biblical worldview. Furthermore, only 2% of those 18 to 29 have a biblical worldview.[i]

We live in an extraordinarily complex culture plagued with social ills, political sparring, moral and spiritual decline, and competing worldviews. A worldview is a combination of values, beliefs, and attitudes that influence our actions and perspectives about the world and how we live in it. Therefore, a biblical worldview is critical in the life of a Christian. Its foundation is the revealed truth of the Bible and guides the Christian in living in the world and how to make life decisions.

While the survey results are startling and provide credible reasons for the spiritual decline we witness around us daily, there is hope. It reminds us that our faith and hope are in Jesus Christ. God is still in control. So how can we help transform Christian views to be more consistent with biblical views? I have three takeaways from reading this survey and others related to the state of Christianity in America, in addition to my many years of experience in church ministry.

  • Celebrate what you are doing in church ministry to teach and grow disciples for Christ. The typical knee-jerk reaction may be to criticize or over-analyze. But celebrating successes will energize staff and volunteers.
  • Collaborate with leaders and volunteers. Assess and evaluate how your ministry teaches the Bible and biblical worldview versus other views.
  • Consider how to include teaching the meaning of biblical worldview, its application, and incorporating spiritual mentoring into ministry.

Spiritual Mentoring Matters

There is a top-rated television series (The Chosen) about the life of Jesus. In my opinion, the series is an excellent demonstration of Jesus living life with the disciples as He equipped them. We practice and apply the biblical principles of living the Christian life best when we have someone to guide us. A mentor is a guide who has traveled the path before and can say to the mentee, as Paul says in 1 Corinthians 11:1, “follow my example as I follow the example of Christ.”

Myths that often hinder women and men from mentoring include thinking they must have all the answers or have nothing to offer. Many have a heart and a passion for investing in the life of others but are afraid to step out. God only uses us as vessels to accomplish His work in the life of another. This knowledge frees us from the idea that God is seeking perfection. Instead, He desires committed followers with servant hearts who are striving to live a life for Christ.

If we want to see a change in the world and how Christians view and respond to it, we must commit to contributing to the solutions. Spiritual mentoring is one solution, and it matters!

“Spiritual mentoring is not an event; it is a ministry where life change in Christ is occurring, and lifelong friendships develop through the process.” – Talulah Ruger

[i] https://www.arizonachristian.edu/wp-content/uploads/2020/04/CRC-AWVI-2020-Release_01-Worldview-in-America.pdf