The Many Methods Of Mentoring

Mentoring can be defined in a variety of ways and is found exampled in the scripture.

  • Moses served as a mentor to Joshua.

  • Jesus equipped His disciples.

  • Paul invested personally in men such as Timothy, Titus, and many others.

Mentoring is a mutually encouraging relationship.  

  • The power of example – 1 Cor. 4:16; 11:1

  • The wisdom of humility  – James 3:13; 1 Pet. 5:5-7

  • An attitude of enthusiasm  – Rom. 12:1; 3 John 4

When we think of mentoring, a weekly one-on-one meeting usually comes to mind. This is a good option, but only one among many. Mentoring takes place a number of ways.

Mentoring is a relationship in the sense that the two or more people involved are connected in some sort of on-going process.

Relationship Styles:

Formal – scheduled

  • Mentor and protege agree to meet according to a regular schedule to address a topic or work through a curriculum.

Informal – organic 

  • Meetings take place when the protege desires a mentor’s input on everyday life. The content of the meetings varies according to the protege's needs or interests. Although unscheduled, many turn into on-going relationships that last for years.

Discipleship focused

  • Meetings focus on specific spiritual disciplines to be developed by the protege.

Mentoring Styles:

Coaching mentoring

  • A mentoring coach provides practical help for the development of specific skills. The coach trains, identifies harmful habits, oversees opportunities for practice, and provides feedback. Once the protege demonstrates competency, the relationship concludes.

Group mentoring

  • Several people desire to spend time with a particular mentor and address a specific subject such as perseverance, fasting, disciplining children, or leadership. Group mentoring is usually short term.

One time mentoring

  • A protege seeks a mentor’s input to process a situation or solve a problem. A single conversation is adequate to move the protege forward.

Passive mentoring

  • This mentoring takes place during infrequent, unscheduled encounters or conversations. One person makes comments or performs actions that teach another, such as may occur at conferences, etc.

Distance mentoring

  • Those who don’t even know us sometimes serve as mentors. An author, a conference we attend, a large group teacher, or the pastor who faithfully teaches each week can mentor from a distance.

Online Mentoring

  • This takes place through a website and online courses! It's what you're doing here!

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