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What is Spiritual Mentoring?

  • “It is a dynamic relationship of trust in which one person enables another to maximize the grace of God in his/her life and service.” — John Mallison (Mallison, p. 34)

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Five Principles of Bible study

  • Ask the right questions.
  • Write down what you observe and discover.
  • Apply your discovery to your life and thoughts.
  • Study the Bible systematically.
  • Strive to exhaust the passage you are studying.

 

Bible Study Tools in Order of Importance

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A Mentor Helps a Protégé Reach Her or His Potential

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Telling the youth what he/she should do. For example, “Stop complaining that your Spanish teacher gave you a failing grade. Go into school tomorrow and talk to her about it.”

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You don’t have to actually answer the questions below. Just read the text straight through, and you’ll get the point.

  1. Name the five wealthiest people in the world.
  2. Name the last five Heisman trophy winners.
  3. Name the last five winners of the Miss America title.

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“Life is either a great adventure or nothing!”
-Helen Keller

[PHOTO: Helen Keller (left) with her mentor, Anne Sullivan]

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While originally called the “ABC’s of Friendship” I think they also apply to mentoring!

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conductor.jpgA mentor helps the protégé to find his own unique voice, and freedom to sing that melody in his heart. He sees each life as an instrument and within each heart a potential melody. Each life “is rich with its own musical notes, rhythms and themes.” The mentor helps the protégé to discover the sweet harmonies and to discard the

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  1. Give your undivided attention. Show with your body language that you want to listen to that one person. Maintain appropriate eye contact. Occasionally during the conversation call the youth by name.
  2. Concentrate on what the youth is saying. Because you can listen faster than the other person can speak, you will be tempted to think about something else or to

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According to a study of Big Brothers, Big Sisters in the USA, one of the largest mentoring organizations in the world

  1. Be a friend
    • Don’t act like a parent
    • Don’t try to be an authority figure
    • Don’t preach about values
    • DO FOCUS ON THE BOND

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mirror.jpgA Mentor is one who holds up a Mirror for Reflection. What is reflected is the life of the protégé, not the brilliance of the mentor. There is no greater mistake than to mold others into one’s own image. The mentor’s job is not to shape, but to facilitate the discovery process. Wisdom is not imposed, it is portrayed. Character

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isaac_newton.jpg“If I could see further than others, it was because I stood on the shoulders of giants.”

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excavator.jpgThe mentor carves out and helps to create a space where learning can occur. It has boundaries of confidentiality, structure, and guidance, but is open. It is a safe place where both can be vulnerable with their questions, struggles, emotions and doubts. There is space for ideas, curiosity, wonder, and joy. It is a space in which the mundane, the

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andrew_carnegie.jpgAt one time, Andrew Carnegie was the wealthiest man in America. He went there from his native Scotland when he was a small boy, did a variety of jobs, and eventually ended up as the largest steel producer in the United States. At one time he had 43 millionaires working for him. In those days a millionaire was a rare

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microphone.jpgAs a sensitive microphone picks up smallest sounds and amplifies them, a mentor listens to the smallest details of life and helps the protégé to hear them. A mentor is primarily a listener. The best mentor is one whose “own ear is turned toward the wisdom of others, who is always open to listen, to hear, and to transform life.”

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benjamin_franklin.jpgBenjamin Franklin once said, “There are two ways to acquire wisdom; you can either buy it or borrow it. By buying it, you pay full price in terms of time and cost to learn the lessons you need to learn. By borrowing it, you go to those men and women who have already paid the price to learn the lessons

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socrates.jpgIt was Socrates who mentored Plato, who mentored Aristotle, who mentored Alexander the Great. Socrates described himself as, “a mid-wife assisting the labour of the mind in bringing knowledge and wisdom to birth”.

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jeweler.jpgLet your protégé shine. An effective mentor is able to let a protégé have a few deserved moments in the sun for a job well done. The best way to make people shine is to let them be the gems they are and just provide a good setting and a little polish.

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mentor.jpgIn the eighth century BC, the Greek writer Homer wrote an epic poem describing Odysseus’s adventures during his 10-year voyage home after the Trojan War. While he was gone, he entrusted the care and education of his beloved son, Telemachus, to his faithful friend Mentor. Almost three thousand years later that man’s name has come to mean a wise and

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1. Build a Relationship – Establish a positive, personal relationship with your mentee
* Establish mutual trust and respect
* Maintain regular interaction and consistent support
* Remember that relationships take time. Don’t expect immediate results.
* Make your time spent with the youth enjoyable and fun

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books.jpgWith our days and nights we are each writing the novel of our lives. Each story is unique and has unexpected twists, surprising story arcs and a supporting cast. Every chapter has themes and character development. While the Author of Life started the story, we will write our own endings by the choices we make and the paths we take.

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glasses.jpgAn optomitrist does not invent light or create a patient’s eyes; but he helps focus the patient’s attention on the light that is already present. He uses various lenses and techniques to adjust the intensity and focus the light so that his patient has better vision.

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Jesus instructed His disciples both in group settings and one-on-one. He taught them by example as well as by precept, and His teaching was incidental rather than formal.

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