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To be a gifted gardener is to be an artist of the earth and to be a gifted mentor is to be an artist of the soul. In fact, gardening is an apt metaphor for mentoring. The true gardener sees beauty before it’s visible, gets her hands dirty, and faithfully weeds, prunes, and waters. In awe, she recognizes that God causes the growth.
Following Christ’s command to disciple others, the C.S. Lewis Institute Fellows Program incorporates mentoring as a critical component of the Fellows experience. The Institute knows that disciples of Jesus are not made on their own. Jesus had a small group of men with whom he spent time, taught, and prayed. But the most significant way that they learned to become like him was by being invited into his life and ministry and observing how he followed his Father. So it is with mentoring—a mentor doesn’t so much give advice as serve as an example. . .
Mona Lindeman, CPA, serves Christ in the community, growing where God has planted her. These days that garden for growth ranges from tutoring speakers of other languages in English to leading a neighborhood Bible study to joining with her husband, Jeff, in mentoring young couples preparing for marriage. Mona is a CPA and a former partner with PYA, a management consulting and accounting firm specializing in the healthcare industry.
Susan O. Ward
Susan O. Ward, is a consultant, writer, and editor. She was Deputy Administrator of the Washington State Health Care Authority and Director of Quality for the Washington State Hospital Association. Previously, she worked for several consulting firms, health plans, and a policy research organization. She has served on the boards of the C. S. Lewis Institute (DC) and New Horizons Ministries (Seattle) and as an elder at her Seattle church. Susan completed the Coracle Fellowship, as well as the CSLI Fellows and Discipleship programs. She has mentored CSLI Fellows, youth ministry staff, and students in a job search program for immigrants. She received her Master of Health Services Administration from University of Michigan.