Oftentimes the word “mentor” can be intimidating and the expectations seem way beyond who we think we are or what we can offer. The ministry of MORE Mentoring defines a mentor this way:
One who has a little more experience, who comes alongside another and points them to Jesus.
Now that doesn’t seem so hard!
I’ve found that a mentee is really looking for these 5 qualities in a mentor:
Time – The biggest need a mentee has is for her mentor to be available.
Trust – She needs to know she can share the hard things with you and that confidentiality is a priority.
Truth – Your mentee wants to know the truth from God’s Word. She also wants you to be honest with her and speak truth over her life.
Tenderness – She desperately needs your empathy, love and acceptance.
Togetherness – She wants to be with you. Consider doing fun things together beyond the mentoring sessions. Invite her to go shopping, to a movie or do a service project together.
What other words would you use to describe what a mentee might be looking for in a mentor (they don't even have to start with the letter "T")?
Next week we will look at what a mentor is looking for in a mentee.