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.