Mentoring Part 1

Encouraging others through a mentoring relationship


Let’s first define mentoring.  The word mentor comes from the Greek meaning steadfast and enduring.  To mentor means to serve as a teacher or trusted counselor.  Mentoring is the relationship between two or more individuals in which the mentor (teacher) helps the mentee (student) to develop and succeed.

 Mentoring can help to:

  • Improve self-esteem
  • Lead an individual to resources that she might not find on her own
  • Provide support for new behaviors, attitudes and ambitions
  • Enhance various skill sets (i.e., parenting, spouse, daughter, friend)

 Mentors are charged with…

  • Encouraging and edifying
  • Listening intently
  • Speaking the truth in love
  • Maintaining confidentiality
  • Challenging you to grow
  • Helping you create a personal development plan

Mentoring can occur through:

  • Formal mentoring relationships
  • Friendships
  • Across generations (Titus 2:3-5)
  • Everyday interactions by being a living example of God’s Word
  • Books – the Bible, Topical Studies, and Self-Improvement books
  • Audios

Next time let’s take a look at some mentoring examples…

Remember to be REAL…

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