This is Part 3 of our Mentoring series! In our first post, we talked about what a mentor actually is: Someone with whom you have a trusting relationship and who shares advice, experience, and encouragement. In the second post of our mentoring series, we talked about the different kinds of mentors: Spiritual, Professional, Peer, Older-and-Wiser.
There are many different types of mentors and you can gain different things from different people. A mentoring relationship can be a formal thing where you have set meetings and defined goals, or it can be more informal and holistic. Just as one person can never be an expert at everything, we can’t expect one mentor to contain all the wisdom and advice in the world that we need! At different points in your life, you’ll benefit from different mentors. I’ve found that there are primarily four types of mentors.
The concept of mentorship is something we see all throughout the Bible, even if the word “mentor” is never used. Jesus mentored his disciples, demonstrating through his actions how to live out the values of the Kingdom of Heaven, teaching them through stories and explanations, and finally sending them out to put into practice what he had taught them. Relationships are the primary way that God has taught and led his people all throughout the ages.
Hello... Meet Melody!
When Melody first moved to Berlin, she knew exactly two words of German and hadn’t traveled internationally since she was eight years old. During her time in Berlin, Melody worked with a brand-new arts ministry where she led artistic Bible studies, danced in street festivals and church services, taught an after-school dance class for kids, and used those connections and opportunities to share the love and hope of Christ! Melody went to Berlin as a Goer in 2016, and now works with GoCorps as a Coach!
You wake up to the sound of the local mosque blasting the call of prayer. You cut up some mango for breakfast and sit down in your apartment living room to look over your plans for the day. You also take some time to pray over the conversations and interactions you will have today. As you wrap up your morning you throw on your best tennis shoes, knowing that today you will be on your feet a lot.
This video is from our Gospel Interactions series. Gospel Interactions are the heart behind Goer ministry... demonstrating and communicating God's love, His hope, His message. Goer ministry is planting seeds and cultivating relationships while participating in the community transforming work that God is doing where Goers serve. It’s the personal touch of sharing your story of how Christ has changed your life.
I still deem my study abroad experience as one of the top highlights of my life. There is something so unique about dedicating a few months to a culture and people while you’re in a season of learning. My experience studying abroad in South Africa is a huge reason why I am doing what I am doing right now as a mission coach, why I am the person that I am today, and why I am sitting here writing this blog. But I don’t think the story would have been written that way if it weren’t for the wisdom and knowledge I was handed before I headed on a plane in the Spring of 2015.