From the Editor
This issue of Sundoulos zeroes in on the process of discipling. Whether we call it discipleship, mentoring, coaching, or spiritual direction, everyone in ministry recognizes the great potential of spending time with individuals or small groups. But two issues nag: the first is time—how do we squeeze even more into our already overcrowded schedules? Ben Shin proposes three types of “I/I Mentoring”—informal and intentional—as possible solutions as we seek to train up future leaders in our churches. The second issue has to do with who we do spend time with. Dave Talley suggests that we not ignore the fringe people in our churches; shepherds cannot simply leave behind the straying, sick, or wounded sheep. May these two articles, treating two sides of the mentoring responsibility of the pastor, stimulate and encourage you.
With this issue of Sundoulos, we are making some changes. Rather than the three issues per year which has been our practice, we are going to two issues per year, fall and spring (yes, we tend to think in terms of an academic year). In exchange, we have added pages to each issue, thus allowing longer theme articles. We are also introducing, with this issue, short reviews by Talbot faculty of books that are relevant to ministry. “Of the making of books there is no end,” the Preacher said, and we trust that these reviews might point you to some of the more helpful literature.
This is also the appropriate place and time to commend the great work of the team at Biola’s Integrated Marketing and Communications who put creativity and care into the design of every issue of Sundoulos. If it were left to me, the visual aspect of the magazine would be very boring indeed.
Sundoulos is published by the Talbot Alumni Association for the purpose of ministering to and communicating with alumni and friends of Talbot. All rights reserved. No material can be reproduced without the permission of the Sundoulos editorial staff.
The Talbot journal, Sundoulos (soon'-doo-los), is designed to serve those who have graduated from Talbot and are in full-time ministry. Sundoulos grew out of an influx of requests for some kind of continued support for alumni as they finished their coursework at Talbot. In 1993, it joined with the Alumni newsletter and received a new format. Dr. Bob Saucy was instrumental in the creation of the journal and describes it as “a way we could bring the fruit of the faculty to alumni.”