At Fellowship, we believe that making disciples happens in community, in relationship. One of the ways we call out men to be in community is through mentoring relationships—relationships that accelerate one’s pursuit of following Christ. Simply put, mentoring is a one/one relationship of trust and transparency in which a more experienced person helps to guide, support, model, and resource a less experienced person.
Create mentor/mentee relationships that accelerate one’s pursuit of following Christ.
At the end of the day, mentoring is a relationship of trust and transparency in which a more experienced person helps to guide, support, model, and resource a less experienced person.
A mentor is a person who is willing to build into the life of another person by sharing his experiences and learnings in life. A mentor does not have to have it all figured out; he just needs to have an intentional walk with Christ.
A mentor builds into the life of a mentee by:
– Sharing his successes and failures
– Focusing on God’s truth and wisdom
– Providing a transparent and vulnerable environment
– Praying with and for the mentee
While many mentor/mentee relationships start organically, we also realize that some happen through a more formal pathway. To that end, the relationship is initiated when a mentor completes a survey that provides insight into his life (e.g., life circumstances, interests, etc.) that helps create the best match possible with a mentee. Once a match is made, we will send out an email to both the mentor/mentee with each other’s contact information.
While there is no prescribed approach, we encourage the mentor and mentee to meet at least once a month.
The mentor relationship lasts for one year. While we would anticipate that you will want to stay in relationship with your mentee beyond a year, we only ask that you intentionally come alongside your mentee for this period of time.
We encourage you to meet over coffee or a meal—a setting that is conducive to building a relationship. Have fun. Share life. Share stories. Ask questions. Offer encouragement. Pray. Find out how you can be supportive and resourceful.
At the first get-together, knowing that each mentoring relationship will be unique, we encourage the mentor to initiate a time to talk about expectations. Some mentoring relationships will be very deliberate (e.g., discussing a book), while others will be more spontaneous (e.g., talking about what is currently on the heart and mind of the mentee).
Should the mentor and mentee opt for a more formal approach to the mentoring relationship, here are a few resources to consider using:
Additionally, there will be times when a get-together will reveal that the mentee is stuck and/or struggling in his life. Should this happen, we ask the mentor to encourage the mentee to seek counseling direction and support by reaching out to Fellowship’s counseling referral network at email@example.com.
Complete the Mentor or Mentee survey and we will take it from there!
At times, due to the supply/demand dynamic, there may be a lag time in matching up mentors/mentees. We will do our best to keep you posted.