Mentoring is one of the most important relationships that you can be involved in. I am a firm believer in discipleship and the best way to disciple is through a mentoring relationship.
Mentoring is not just a fad, it is deeply biblical. Moses mentored Joshua. Elijah mentored Elisha. Jesus mentored Peter, James and John. Paul mentored Timothy and Titus. If the Bible puts so much emphasis on mentoring, then perhaps this is something we need to take seriously. I want to suggest three possible mentoring relationships.
1. Be Mentored
No matter where you are in your spiritual life, you can benefit from a mentor. This is especially important for new Christians but it is applicable to every follower Jesus. Even if you are a pastor of a mega-church, there is someone who is a bit farther along that can help you. Look for someone you can trust, someone with more knowledge and experience, someone who has something you can receive. A mentor is not a friend. A mentor is there to move you to the next level.
2. Be a Mentor
You do not have to wait until you are done being mentored (are you ever done?) before mentoring someone else. Find someone who could benefit from your experience and knowledge. Spend time with them. Pray with them and speak into their life. You do not have to be an expert to be a mentor. You just need to be able to move them along to the next level.
3. Spend Time With Dead People
Choose a dead person to be mentored by. The great thing is that they always have time for you. Choose one Christian thinker that you want to learn from. Don’t just read one book. Read as much as you can. Find some biographies, or better an autobiography, to give some context to their words. Find some other people (alive) who are also studying that person and share your thoughts.
Mentoring is one of the most reward things that you can be involved in. I know that these three things seem like a lot. So pick just one and start with that. Doing something is better than doing nothing.
Here are two recommended resources that may help you in your mentoring: