As many of you know, I spend most of my Tuesday evenings shuttling young men to/from the Young Commanders’ weekly meeting in Lilburn, GA. I leave my home at 3:30 pm and return around 11:00 pm. I love it and miss it when I can’t see the boys. We share pizza and snacks, and they tell silly stories or jokes for the time we are together.
The pictures that we share from Tuesday evenings only capture a glimpse of our commitment as the Resurgence Leadership Foundation team commitment to uplift cities by investing in leaders. A bulk of the work we do, which we couldn’t begin to sum up in a photo or video, happens through the Youth Mentoring Collaborative, Young Commanders, and the Social Enterprise Academy. One founding principles of this work is, “accompanying.” Accompanying is the intentional act to make oneself available to another person with the receiver’s best interest in mind.
Paul of Tarsus, after his ministry, wrote a letter to one of his beloved protégés and referenced the work of accompaniment.
10 But you, Timothy, certainly know what I teach, and how I live, and what my purpose in life is. You know my faith, my patience, my love, and my endurance. 11 You know how much persecution and suffering I have endured. You know all about how I was persecuted in Antioch, Iconium, and Lystra—but the Lord rescued me from all of it. 12 Yes, and everyone who wants to live a godly life in Christ Jesus will suffer persecution. 13 But evil people and impostors will flourish. They will deceive others and will themselves be deceived. 14 But you must remain faithful to the things you have been taught. You know they are true, for you know you can trust those who taught you. (2 Timothy 3:10-14, NLT)
Paul’s admonishment stems from Timothy accompanying him through life, and Paul being able to learn life lessons in real-time. Did Paul really live out all the lessons he wrote in Romans, Corinthians, and the other epistles? Timothy knows. Did Paul live out a life of love detailed in 1 Corinthians 13? Timothy knows. Did Paul pray, put on the whole armor, give to others, and make disciples? Timothy knows. There is a different level of knowledge that comes from accompaniment then what comes from just books, podcasts, or YouTube. It is that level of knowledge that we desire mentors, proteges, social entrepreneurs, parents, and leaders in all roles to possess to build a just society.
Thus, we will keep showing up at Boys & Girls clubs, on Zoom calls, in churches, board rooms, classrooms, and schools throughout the southeast to accompany leaders. As I write this, I am so grateful for the RLF Board & Team: Oliver, Rachel, Jylisa, Rosemary, Genaro, Stacey, Bianca, Dominique, Torri, Deborah, Kelli, Arianne, and Rae. We are a community of relentless, kind, and innovative experts that offer tailored services undergirded by prayer.
Learn how you can join in our city-shifting, accompanying forces by emailing me today at firstname.lastname@example.org.