Jethro’s Mentoring of Moses (Exodus 18) and its Relevance to the Nigerian Clergy

Favour C. Uroko

Issue: Vol.6  No.2 March 2020 Article 5 pp. 135-144
DOI : https://doi.org/10.32051/ERATS.2020.035 
© 2020 The Author(s). This is an open access article under the CCBY license (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/).

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This article examines mentorship among the clergy in Nigeria in the light of Ex 18. Ex 18 explores how Jethro mentored Moses near the mountain of God. He first had a close relationship with Moses. Secondly, he encouraged Moses and showed genuine concern for Moses’s growth and development. Looking at mentorship in the Nigerian context, it was discovered that hatred, jealousy, pride, and lack of transparency on the part of the mentor and unwillingness to be mentored by the mentee are the problems bedeviling pastoral ministry. This has led to ministers engaging in diabolic combats and physical wrestling in and outside their worship centres. The question becomes: How can the problems of mentorship among the clergy in Nigeria be solved or reduced? It is believed that Ex 18 will speak anew to the problems in mentorship in Nigeria.

Keywords: Mentorship, Jethro, Moses, Nigerian Clergy, Pastoral Ministry

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Favour C. Uroko is a Post Graduate Student at the Department of Religion and Cultural Studies, University of Nigeria, Nsukka, Nigeria. Email: favour.uroko@unn.edu.ng

Uroko, Favour C. “Jethro’s Mentoring of Moses (Exodus 18) and its Relevance to the Nigerian Clergy.” E-Journal of Religious and Theological Studies 6, no. 2 (2020): 135-144. https://doi.org/10.32051/erats.2020.035

© 2020 The Author(s). Published and Maintained by Noyam Publishers. This is an open access article under the CCBY license (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/).