“You, therefore, my son, be strong in the grace that is in Christ Jesus. 2 And what you have heard from me in the presence of many witnesses, commit to faithful men who will be able to teach others also.” — 2 Timothy 2:1-2
Last week we began a dialog on the topic of mentoring. This week I would like to give you some questions you can use when you are mentoring someone.
The questions are taken from a little book called, Great Questions for Leading Well, by Steve Brown (not the radio preacher). They will be good discussion starters for that special person in your life that you would like to build into:
Please don’t tell me your story … let them do that. Don’t ask the question and delve into your story.
- Share five key turning points into your life so far.
- Describe your journey with God.
- What do you sense are your biggest strengths?
- What are the top three challenges you are facing at the moment?
- What makes you laugh? What keeps you up at night?
- What are your “big rocks” or priorities for the next season?
- If the evil one were to target an area of your life to seek your downfall, what area do you think he would target?
- How do you best receive feedback and critique?
- What are your three hopes for the future?
- Where are you sensing progress in your life?
- Where are you feeling stuck?
- How are things with you and God?
- How is your family? What is one way they would like to see you grow?
- What one thing could you change in your routine that would have the greatest positive impact on your family relationships?
- Who are your friends? When did you last connect with them?
- What do you do to recharge and have fun?
Steve Brown gives this great definition of mentoring: Christian mentoring is a dynamic, intentional relationship of trust in which one person enables another to maximize the grace of God in their life and service. All biblical mentoring is under-mentoring. Jesus Christ is the real and decisive agent in Christian mentoring. He claims our whole-hearted trust in Him as present enabler. – John Mallison, Mentoring To Develop Leaders.
- Don’t overwhelm the person you want to mentor by giving him all the questions to answer at your first time of getting together. Give him two or three.
- Give the questions out ahead of time and ask your mentee to write out the answers to the questions.
- Your role is to listen rather than speak. Let him answer the questions and listen to his answers. Be all there. Don’t let your mind wander. Be fully engaged.
- As you are listening, ask the Holy Spirit to give you any insight that would be helpful in sharing with your mentee. He needs to feel safe in sharing his heart with you.
Overflowing and abounding in hope,
Bill Welte, President/CEO
Written by Bill Welte, President/CEO of America’s Keswick: Bill has been married to his child sweetheart for 40+ years and has four married kids and 11 amazing grand kids. He loves music and is an avid reader.
Think About This: The devil knows you by your name, but calls you by your sin. God knows your sin, but calls you by your name. ~Craig Groeschel
This Week’s Verse to Memorize:
Do not trust in oppression, Nor vainly hope in robbery; If riches increase, Do not set your heart on them. Psalm 62:10