Mentor: Orientation Guide

Mentor: Orientation Guide

Help your church's mentors form clear expectations for their relationships.

"Believe that God has given you something that you can pass on and share with another, and be willing to do so when the opportunity arises," says Doug Stewart at the end of his interview in this resource. Stewart has been a mentor throughout his life, but for a long time he didn't realize it. Now that he does, he sees his mentoring as a "skill" or "posture" that he must cultivate.

This orientation guide can help the mentors in your church—conscious or unconscious—cultivate their postures. And if you have a mentoring program, or are hoping to start one, these materials can help your church establish and communicate its expectations for participants.

Understanding the Role

The Role of a Mentor
Understanding what a mentor is and does.
By Earl Palmer

Advice from an Experienced Leader
One mentor shares his thoughts on establishing effective mentoring relationships.
Interview with Doug Stewart

Sample Job Description

Mentoring in Community
How to become a connecting ligament in your group
By Ralph W. Neighbour, Jr.

Embracing the Skills

Three Kinds of Mentoring
Different types of relationships require different kinds of skills.
By Fred Smith Sr.

Qualities of a Good Mentor
A good mentor should develop these characteristics.
By Fred Smith Sr.

Traits of a Good Mentee
Look for these five traits in the people you mentor.
By Fred Smith Sr.

Beginning the Mentoring Relationship
Consider this advice for starting and maintaining mentoring relationships.
By Earl Palmer

Checklist for Relationship Building
Focus on relationship, growth, and development with your protégés.
By Life Together

Signs of Fruitful Mentoring
Use this assessment to gauge how your relationship is progressing.
By Fred Smith Sr.

Prayer List

Total number of pages - 20

You have permission to make up to 1,000 copies of this resource for distribution within your church or educational institution.

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