In life one of our greatest responsibilities and opportunities is to Mentor. We should be involved in mentoring our spouse,children, coworkers and many others. The problem is we don’t fulfill the role of a mentor and leave a vacuum waiting for others step into to the void and meet the need, many times it is for evil and not good.
A Mentor is someone whom I trust as a personal teacher and guide. They touch on three areas in the mentoring relationship.
They INSTRUCT me what I need to know. They accomplish this through instruction.
They SHOW me what I need to be. They accomplish this by giving a model to follow.
They GIVE me opportunity to do what I need to be doing. They accomplish this by giving opportunities to practice.
Each member in the mentoring relationship has three key practices to keep:
1. The Mentor must - Instruct, Model and Coach
2. The Student must -Learn, Observe and Practice
We can look at the mentoring relationship as a bridge that starts with teaching and is connected to the other person through a modeling that leads to a desired outcome, direct application to life and ministry. The Local Church has been really good at
the TEACH piece. We have created many different opportunities for people to gather in large and small groups to learn. In many cases we have been successful in imparting information and some cases knowledge. What the church has lacked is the good at the MODEL piece. We lack the relationships that bridge the gap that creates a clear understanding that moves truth into action. The church has the tendency to expect men and women to apply the truth into life and ministry when they are not sure what it looks like and how to go about it. The three steps in the mentoring process increases the outcome where they move from hearers to doers.