noun \ˈmen-ˌtȯr, -tər\
: someone who teaches or gives help and advice to a less experienced and often younger person
The word ‘mentor’ comes from comes from Homer’s Odyssey. Odysseus, king of Ithaca, fights in the Trojan War and entrusts the care of his household to Mentor, who serves as teacher and overseer of Odysseus’ son, Telemachus. The word Mentor evolved to mean trusted advisor, friend, teacher and wise person. History offers many examples of helpful mentoring relationships: Socrates and Plato, Hayden and Beethoven, Freud and Jung. There are also many examples of mentoring in the Christian faith; Jethro and Moses, Moses and Joshua, Barnabus and Saul, Paul and Timothy.
Mentoring is a proven tool of human development. It is a life on life investment of time, energy and personal know-how in assisting the growth and ability of another person.
- Where in your life (marriage, parenting, professional, physical, etc) could you use some wisdom and guidance?
- Who do you know and trust that has navigated those waters with integrity and courage? (chances are you’ll think of several so…)
- Begin to pray that God would give clear direction through your conversations with the candidates and their sense of confirmation.
Here is a link to a good resource from the University of Wisconsin – Madison on what the next steps are for both mentor and mentoree.