Getting Started in Mentoring

Mentoring is the KeyA pastor’s energies are often caught in leading programs rather than people.  But increasingly church leaders are recognizing the strategic value of building one-on-one relationships through mentoring.

Mentoring can be defined as a deliberate transfer of wisdom from one person to another, with an emphasis on , experience, and relationship in the transfer process.

There are a variety of types of mentoring ranging from tutoring someone in their golf game to guiding a protégé through self discovery of identity and personal call.

Even if you have never been formally mentored, you can be a .  Mentoring does not require perfection; it demands commitment.  Here are some practical steps you can take to be a :

  1.  Identify the area of your life most likely to be marketable in mentoring context.  What skills, strengths, or particular expertise do you have that would benefit another?
  2. Refine that area through education, self study, and personal discipline.
  3. Acquaint yourself with the philosophy and techniques of mentoring.  Excellent resources are available that will give you practical training in the mentoring process.
  4. Ask God to direct you to individuals whose interest in personal development would coincide with your strength.  Look for those with potential and with a willingness to learn.
  5. Offer yourself as a in a high-expectation relationship to your prospective protégé.  Be prepared to workout a definitive proposal including details of expectancy, duration of commitment, personal preparations, etc.
  6. Allow God to orchestrate the outcome of the relationship. 

Though you may not see the full impact of your mentoring right away, you can trust that those seeds are sown for a long-term harvest.

, Excerpted from “Enhancing Your Ministry Through Mentoring”, , volume 4, number 4, March-April 1993

About Dale Roach

Dale is the creator of "Like A Team." He has been working with businesses, charity organizations, volunteer groups and church groups in the development of teamwork for over 25 years. The goal of "Like A Team" is to help share the knowledge and skills of healthy team creators across the planet.
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