Saturday, June 2, 2007

Thoughts, Quotes and Scriptures on Mentoring

By Barbara Goodroe

Likewise, teach the older women to be reverent in the way they live, not to be slanderers or addicted to much wine, but to teach what is good. Then they can train the younger women to love their husbands and children, to be self-controlled and pure, to be busy at home, to be kind, and to be subject to their husbands, so that no one will malign the word of God.- Titus 2:3-5

Mentoring is a brain to pick, an ear to listen, and a push in the right direction.- John C. CrosbyMentor defined is an experienced and trusted friend and adviser. - Webster's Dictionary 1988

Sandwich every bit of criticism between two layers of praise. - Mary Kay Ash

The first task of a leader is to keep hope alive. - Joe Batten

Two are better than one because they have a good reward for their efforts. - Ecclesiastes 4:9

You get the best effort from others not by lighting a fire beneath them, but by building a fire within. - Bob Nelson

The word "mentor" comes from a character named Mentor who was a friend and tutor in Homer's classic book the Odyssey. Mentoring is relational interaction in which one person empowers another by sharing their God-given wisdom, experience, and habits of obedience to God's word. - Rachel Olsen

In 2 Timothy 1:1-8 we see Paul's mentoring of young Timothy. Paul thanks God for Timothy (3a), he prays for Timothy each day (3b), he longs to be with him (4), he is intimately familiar with Timothy's life and family (5), and he speaks encouragement and direction into Timothy's life (6-8).

Millennials (people born after 1982) are longing for connection and meaning, and there's no better way for older people to help them find those things than by mentoring them. - Whitney Hopler on Mentoring Millennials: Shaping the Next Generation, by Dr. Daniel Egeler

If you want one year of prosperity,grow grain,
If you want ten years of prosperity,grow trees,
If you want one hundred years of prosperity, grow people.- Chinese proverb

The good Lord gave us two ears and one mouth as a sign that we should listen twice as much as we talk. - English proverb

No matter what you are teaching the younger woman - how to sew, know sound bible doctrine, be godly in character, or to serve the Lord through some sort of ministry to her family, church or friends, God wants the older woman to teach and encourage the younger women.- Martha Peace, author of Becoming a Titus 2 Woman

Let no unwholesome word proceed from your mouth, but only such a word as is good for edification according to the need of the moment, that it may give grace to those who hear. -Ephesians 4:29

Mentoring is a dynamic relationship of trust in which one person enables another to maximize the grace of God in her/his life. - John Mallison, author of Mentoring to Develop Disciples and Leaders

All you need is a home, a date and time, a few young people and a few older Christians. It's a great mix for a night of sharing and encouragement. You never know, it might lead to some one-on-one mentoring long term! - Robyn Claydon of

Watch over one another in love. - John Wesley

It is essential that mentors be loving enough to correct (Proverbs 27:5-6) and caring enough to affirm (Hebrews 10:24).

Christian mentoring isn't about being intensely spiritual all the time, it's about building relationships. - Mary Jane and Chris Konings


Kandyss said...

Hi! In college, the campus ministry had a component called discipleship, in which we met with a campus minister and she (or he for the males) shared wisdom, time, laughs, tears, or whatever we needed. This process, although I fought it at the beginning, helped me tremendously in my relationship with God! Since I have graduated (2 years in December), I have seen such relationships missing in my area, and most youth do not know what a relationship with God is outside of going to church on Sunday. I believe that discipleship or mentoring is a wonderful idea and concept, but I have not had the time nor confidence to do it with a full-time job, graduate school, and getting married. Lord, I pray that you can rearrange my schedule so that I can spend time with youth and show them how You can permeate through every aspect of their lives! I pray for confidence in living and speaking Your truth and wisdom to youth!
Thank you for the post!