What is a Mentee Looking for in a Mentor?

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.