In the Church a trending topic is Spiritual fathers (or mothers). This is a good trend. As the world needs biological fathers we need spiritual ones. A spiritual father is one who helps another grow up spiritually into maturity.
For though ye have ten thousand instructors in Christ, yet have ye not many fathers: for in Christ Jesus I have begotten you through the gospel. 1 Corinthians 4:15
People often confuse teachers with spiritual fathers. What is the difference?
The main difference between fathering and teaching is a father takes OWNERSHIP of the relationship. You choose to be involved in the person’s life after your teaching is over.
Here are Some Other Differences
Fathers talk about life not just truth! Fathers are someone to receive an imprint from. Someone to interact with and help you sort out nagging questions. Someone to give you feedback. Someone to help us grow up spiritually, emotionally, and intellectually.
Fathers give identity and perspective. Without this you will think your identity is in training alone. We all need help to grow up and become mature just like babies do. It is possible, but very difficult to do if left on your own. Most people either die or stay babies at best. When we have to do it on our own we struggle with feeling alone and without an identity.
Fathers are willing to invest in deep, authentic relationships. Life long relationships to impart everything they are. Relationships that are connected, fulfilling, and real.
A church that has spiritual fathers doesn’t just produce programs but sons and daughters.
A spiritual father pays close attention looking for ways to nudge you towards maturity. They sow into your life, expecting you to eventually become spiritual parents yourself. The goal is to create a spiritual harvest that will continue to multiply.
Wouldn’t you like it if someone saw your gifts and potential and decided to invest in your life to get there? Wouldn’t it be great to help someone discover their gifts and start walking in them?
Let’s continue to make being a father a part of every church culture!