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The Art of Mentorship: Drawing Wisdom from the Relationship Between Elijah and Elisha

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Through Dr. Sarah Sun Liew’s work in “Guidance from the Past, Vision for the Future: Biblical Leadership in Today’s World,” Dr. Liew extends this mentorship to a broader audience, offering insights that bridge ancient wisdom with contemporary leadership challenges. Her approach emphasizes the importance of mentorship in leadership development, illustrating how seasoned leaders can guide emerging leaders toward realizing their full potential.

In her pivotal work, “Guidance from the Past, Vision for the Future: Biblical Leadership in Today’s World,” Dr. Sarah Sun Liew, Global Jesus Mission empowering business leaders for Kingdom impact, delves into the rich tapestry of biblical narratives to extract timeless leadership principles that are profoundly relevant to the modern workplace. This exploration highlights how these ancient values can guide contemporary leaders through the complexities of the 21st-century business landscape.

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The Dynamics of Mentorship in Leadership Development

As explored by Dr. Liew, the mentorship dynamic between Elijah and Elisha serves as a foundational model for understanding the multifaceted nature of mentor-mentee relationships. Mutual respect, shared values, and a commitment to growth characterize this relationship. Elijah’s recognition of Elisha’s potential and his decision to invest in Elisha’s development illustrate the mentor’s critical role in identifying and nurturing future leaders. This process involves more than just transferring knowledge; it is about inspiring a vision for what the mentee can achieve and providing the guidance and support needed to reach those heights.

The Role of Experiential Learning in Mentorship

One of the critical aspects of the mentorship between Elijah and Elisha was the emphasis on experiential learning. Elijah did not simply impart wisdom through words; he involved Elisha in his mission, allowing him to witness and participate in significant events. This approach to mentorship, highlighting the value of learning through direct experience, is particularly relevant in today’s leadership landscape. Dr. Liew advocates for a mentorship model where emerging leaders are given opportunities to engage in real-world challenges, thereby facilitating a deeper understanding of the complexities of leadership and enhancing their problem-solving and decision-making skills.

Empowering the Next Generation

The request by Elisha for a “double portion” of Elijah’s spirit is symbolic of the aspiration to exceed one’s mentors in achievement and impact. It reflects the ultimate goal of mentorship: to empower mentees to forge their paths and contribute to the legacy of leadership in ways that surpass their predecessors. Dr. Liew’s mentorship philosophy aligns with this principle, empowering mentees by instilling confidence, fostering independence, and encouraging innovative thinking. By doing so, she contributes to the development of leaders who are capable of navigating the challenges of their times and committed to making a meaningful difference in their communities and beyond.

Practical Guidance and Spiritual Wisdom

In her dual role as a senior pastor and educator, Dr. Liew offers a unique blend of practical guidance and spiritual wisdom, underscoring the holistic nature of mentorship. Her leadership journey exemplifies how mentors can provide a moral and ethical decision-making framework while equipping mentees with the practical skills necessary for effective leadership. This comprehensive approach ensures that emerging leaders are well-rounded, grounded in solid values, and capable of leading with compassion, integrity, and vision.

As depicted in Elijah and Elisha’s relationship and embodied by Dr. Sarah Sun Liew, mentorship is a pivotal element of leadership development. It encompasses the recognition of potential, the sharing of wisdom and experiences, and the empowerment of the next generation to achieve greatness. “Guidance from the Past, Vision for the Future: Biblical Leadership in Today’s World” serves as a testament to the enduring power of mentorship, offering valuable lessons for mentors and mentees to pursue exemplary leadership. Through her work and personal example, Dr. Liew illuminates the path for leaders to mentor with wisdom, empathy, and foresight, shaping a future where leadership is not just about achieving individual success but uplifting others and leaving a lasting legacy.


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Dr. Sarah Sun Liew is currently serving U.S. communities through two nonprofits.

As a senior pastor at Global Jesus Mission Church, she has served the communities as an educator and pastor for 30 years through local schools and churches.

As CEO/principal of 501(c)(3) workforce nonprofit at Meridian Business Legal Investment Wish Foundation Inc., principal and professor of MIT University (Meridian Institute of Technology), and entrepreneur, Sarah has been helping the younger generation become educated and has supported small businesses and job creation for more than 30 years through many nonprofit and profit companies.

Dr. Sarah started working in the real estate investment business and mortgage in 1996 after graduating from the investment training school, Wiltshire Real Estate School. She founded three real estate and finance companies and worked at Berkshire Hathaway Beverly Hills for nearly four years during her 26 years in the real estate industry as an investor and a broker.

As CEO of an I.T. and global Banking Company at MPS Merchant Services Group and ISO office owner, Sarah works with Worldpay by FIS and many processing companies and banks, such as Bank of America, Chase, Wells Fargo, First Data Global Payment and Elovan, while in the merchant services industry. Over the past 26 years, she has supported many small business owners through its global banking business and job training for all ages.

As CEO of Legal & Global Investment Immigrant Services Companies at Meridian Beverly Hills Investment and Legal Group LLC and Global Investment Immigration, she provides many legal services for businesses and individuals while supporting the American dream through her companies. She is mainly involved in investment immigration that will support job creation and economic growth in California.

Sarah Liew’s Journey

The Art of Mentorship Drawing Wisdom from the Relationship Between Elijah and Elisha

Photo Courtesy: Dr. Sarah Sun Liew

Dr. Sarah Liew was born in An-dong, the hometown of South Korean scholars. Her family members have been successful in various fields, including education, politics, defense, and medicine.

She came to America at age 24. Before that, she served the community as a professional English teacher/SAT Instructor, Sunday school director, assistant pastor, hospital medical staffer, and worship leader of the Christian Business Owners Association from 1990 to 1995.

Her early academic experience makes her a viable political candidate who understands many community issues, including the importance of education and the plight of the poor and needy. 

Dr. Sarah Sun Liew holds doctoral and master’s degrees in theologies, business, law, accounting, education and public policy. She completed studies at Harvard Business School for International Business, Entrepreneurship, and Leadership Principles programs and the School Management and Leadership program at the Harvard Graduate School of Education from 2019 to 2021. She has recently completed the Harvard Kennedy School of Government’s PLC (Public Leadership Credential) program.

Sarah received a DBA (Doctor of Business Administration) in International Trade and Policy from Pacific State University in 2006. She also received a postdoctoral Ph.D. in Sales, Marketing, and Nonprofit Management from Newburgh College. She received a second postdoctoral Ph.D. in Biblical Preaching and studied Political Leadership and Speech at Newburgh College.

Sarah studied Transformative Financial Services and Strategies (2021) at the Wharton Business School and Artificial Intelligence for Business at the MIT Sloan School of Management (2021). At the MIT School of Architecture, she also studied Real Estate Development Planning and Process (2021) and Economic Behavior at the University of Chicago Booth School of Business (2022). She studied at UC Berkeley for a master’s in Public Accounting and Finance (2005) and at USC for Certified Entrepreneurs Leadership (2007).

Dr. Sarah Sun Liew also has legal training, thanks to her studying in a JD (Juris Doctor) program at the Abraham Lincoln Law School, where she graduated Paralegal and LDA (Legal Document Assistants) from Pacific Law School. Lastly, Sarah studied Political Legislation at UCLA and Computer Science Law at Harvard Law School.

Dr. Sarah Sun Liew has two bachelor’s and two master’s degrees in Theology and Education from Anyang University and Calvin University. She also graduated with two AAA degrees in nursing from Saint Mother’s College and American College USA. She studied English Literature and Translation at YJ University and attended several colleges in the USA.

Those seeking further engagement or information regarding Dr. Liew’s initiatives or publications can reach out through her websites, www.meridianwish.com or www.sarahsenator.org or via email at info@meridianwish.com or mgroupbh7@gmail.com.


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