Training

 “For physical training is of some value (useful for a little), but godliness (spiritual training) is useful and of value in everything and in every way, for it holds promise for the present life and also for the life which is to come.” 1 Tim 4:8

Mentoring has been an effective practice for transferring knowledge and skills since the beginning of time and formalized mentoring has become more fashionable over the past decade. Life, professional and spiritual mentoring are just a couple of examples of mentoring.  Many people are looking to those who have demonstrated  the kinds of skills, knowledge and character to perform well – to be successful, to overcome obstacles and to grow as a person.

What is a Spiritual Mentor?

Spiritual mentors are by definition to help others develop a solid pattern of spiritual discipline in their lives which helps deepen their personal relationship with God, help them to grow in the image of Christ, and prepare them to become most usable for the kingdom.

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At Walker Ministries this is by developing the Recreated Human Spirit which is done by teaching, training and equipping to Build the Foundation of Truth through the Spirit of Revelation.   This activity includes formal and informal Bible study, directed reading, training in the Christian disciplines (quiet time, bible reading, prayer, etc.), helping to determine spiritual gifts and ministry direction.

Mentoring Takes on Many Forms

Mentors, depending on their own gifts and skills may choose to employ a combination of “hats” to help you achieve your goals.  Mentors are multifaceted in their role and techniques that are best suited to impart various skills and information

  • Teacher: A teacher imparts information and skills to perform a task successfully.
  • Advisor: A trusted advisor who you feel safe and comfortable to be open with your life, knowing that Holy Spirit is the ultimate agent in the guidance.
  • Motivation to Inspiration : A mentor may at times have to inspire you to action, to take a calculated risk, leave your comfort zone and be a source of accountability.
  • Coach: To help you to cultivate the needed skills and disciplines to achieve your goals.  To provide meaningful positive and constructive feedback.
  • Exhorter: To provide positive, empowering encouragement.  To celebrate victories and milestones as well as be a source of encouragement through the more difficult times.
  • Wisdom: To help you set realistic goals – short-term, mid-range and long term goals. Provide objective feedback regarding how realistic the goals are. To evaluate the needed resources, skills and relationships to achieve these goals, and where and how these can be acquired and developed.

“{A Mentor Should Be A Compass For The Mentee, Becoming A Guide Helping The Mentee Understand What Direction They Are Take And The Optional Paths They May Want To Take. However It Is The Mentee That Must Actually Make The Journey.}”

As a Mentee Your Responsibilities Are…..

  1. Take the Initiative to drive the relationship with your mentor
    1. Set the goals for this relationship
      • Why you want the relationship?
      • What you want to get out of this relationship?
      • Take the initiative to get proper time scheduled to meet in advance
      • Consistence to fulfilling the obligations of meeting (Time is VALUABLE!!!)
  2. Be responsible for your own growth and development
    1. The Mentee OWNS the responsibility of driving their own growth and development
    2. Execution is very important to your growth and development.
  3. Be receptive to feedback willing to execute and follow through with what you are advised.
    1. Don’t’ be defensive. Keep in mind that all advice is constructive and for your (the mentee) benefit.
    2. Make sure you are consistently implementing what is learned.

Mentoring can be a powerful way to develop in a variety of ways. It can be especially powerful and effective when lives are shared – expertise, experience, wisdom, warnings and the cultivation of healthy habits and mindsets. A Spiritual Mentor can help develop a deep sense of the presence of God in everyday life and help you cultivate practices  spiritually, practically and emotional for a sound, consistent, and fruitful walk with Christ.