Mentoring Doing life together
Mentoring – what is it?Mentoring is a relationship in which one person helps another wisely navigate a certain spiritual or life issue. The ideas of empowering and mentoring can be used interchangeably. This is why mentoring has been described as a “relational experience by which one person empowers another by transferring God-given resources.”
Different types of mentoring optionsIn a diverse community like Crossroads, we recognize that there is a wide-range of differing mentoring needs. This is why we have decided to offer different types of mentoring in the areas of discipleship (spiritual growth); coaching (life skills); and counseling (empowering someone through active listening, feedback, and wise advice).
When a formal request for a mentor is received, someone from the mentoring team will first conduct a brief interview with the potential mentoree to discuss their situation and to together discern what type of mentoring is needed. Once a suitable mentor is found, an initial meeting is arranged. In this 1st meeting they will discuss the goals of their time together, the regularity of their meetings, and at what points of time they will evaluate their relationship – to determine whether or not it is time to bring their mentoring relationship to a close. Thus, the mentoring relationship becomes official only after both parties feel they are a good match for one another.
How does one find a mentor?
Why should I become a mentor?Ultimately, mentoring isn’t a one-way process. It’s a two-way street. It has the potential to change – indeed, to radically transform – not just one life, but two. When we put forth the effort – the ordinary – everybody has a chance to become extraordinary. It’s fun, it’s an adventure, you’ll learn a lot about yourself, and you’ll have stories to last a lifetime.
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