1. Do I have to/need to go through the Path to Spiritual Maturity myself in order to take someone else through it?
The short answer is "no." In general it is a good leadership principle to have gone through/done what one is asking someone else to do. It would be the most ideal to have gone, or be going through it along with the one being discipled. This would more readily allow for interaction over the Bible reading/ memorization/ applications/ content being used in pursuing Christ.
However, I do know of cases such as a friend of mine, who has been through Bible school, has youth pastored, been a family pastor, and is currently the head pastor of his church...while continuing to take seminary courses. He has led someone through the pathway, but because of his situation and experiences he is ready for his weekly meetings with his mentee for their discussions. Even if this is closer to your situation, be willing to spend time as needed to wrestle with the questions or situations that arise (also, be sure to familiarize yourself with the features and resources so you can best take advantage of the resources available in your discipleship relationship). Lastly, as you consider the extent of your involvement in the Path, remember that foundational issues are worth revisiting for all of us. Time spent in it will never be wasted (2 Peter 1:12 ; 3:1-2).
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