CONNECTING, THE MENTORING RELATIONSHIPS YOU NEED TO SUCCEED IN LIFE by Paul D. Stanley and J. Robert Clinton, explains how we were meant for each other. None of us are fully equipped to excel in life. Our weaknesses, blind spots, limited capabilities and lack of experience all point to one thing-interdependence. Which is why connecting with others plays such an indispensable role in healthy development. Having access to the wisdom, experience, vision, and direction of those who have gone before can put you years ahead of where you'd be on your own. So why don't we place more of a priority on developing these essential, empowering relationships? Stanley and Clinton say the main reason we miss out is that we simply don't understand the true nature of mentoring-a problem that is easily overcome.
We are all interdependent on each other, which is why connecting with others plays such an indispensable role in healthy development. Having access to the wisdom, experience, vision, and direction of others can put you years ahead of where youd be on your own.
Mentoring relationships can be key to effective discipleship and evangelism. This book shows you how to do it effectively.
Paul Stanleys early life was shaped by the influence and examples of his Christian parents with solid biblical teaching and values. Paul graduated from the United States Military Academy at West Point in 1963 having won distinction in leadership football and lacrosse. He served seven years as an officer in US Army and was highly decorated for bravery while serving in Vietnam. Paul and Phyllis married in 1963 upon graduation from West Point.
The Stanleys joined The Navigators in 1970 and worked with students and military officers in the Washington D.C. area. In 1973 Paul and Phyllis and their four children moved to Europe to pioneer a Navigator discipling and leadership training ministry in the East European Bloc and the former Soviet Union. Paul later assumed responsibility for the rapidly expanding Navigator European ministries.
After eleven years the Stanley family returned to the United States where Paul helped bring about major changes in ministry approaches and a new emphasis of leader development. In 1990 Paul joined the International Executive Team which gives overall leadership and direction to Navigator ministries in 112 countries with over 4000 missionary staff of 87 nationalities.
Paul gave leadership to large portions of the Navigators global movement and spent most of his time coaching mentoring and developing leaders throughout the Navigator world. Paul is a speaker writer and sought after consultant and coach to many senior leaders and organizations in developing strategy and leadership and bringing about change. He has co-authored the book Connecting which focuses on mentoring relationships.
Paul and Phyllis have dedicated their lives to people: helping others to develop and orient their lives and leadership around Jesus Christ. This has been and continues to be the heartbeat of their ministry.
Paul and Phyllis have four married children and eleven grandchildren and make their home in Colorado.