When we are first introduced to mentoring, we often think of one ideal mentor – a perfect model who can do almost everything. I am blessed to know a few people like this. But not many. So what is mentoring? Mentoring is an intentional experience or relationship in which one person is empowered by another. The person giving is called the mentor. The person receiving is called the mentoree. Mentoring can take place over a short period of time or over a long period of time. It may occur face to face or from a distance. It might be regular like weekly or bi-weekly or monthly. The mentor may initiate the relationship, or it may be introduced by the mentoree.
There are 7 different types of mentoring with potential for empowering a person who desires to learn and grow. The 7 mentoring types are: Heroes, Teacher, Discipler, Counselor, Equipper, Life Coach and Champion. In future posts I will define each of these in detail.
Do you sense the potential that mentoring has in helping us reach our potential? Do you feel that God wants you to seek out a mentor? Or perhaps you are beginning to sense that God may want you to establish mentoring relationships that will empower others. Let’s explore this more later.