The Discovery

Mentoring Guide for Mentors

Mentoring Guide for the Mentor

God bless you as you begin this journey as a mentor. Mentoring is an incredible privilege
that carries with it great responsibility. Mentors are responsible for leading others into a
deeper relationship with God, helping others to discern God’s will for their lives and leading
them into a life of obedience to God’s call. The impact of a successful mentor may be felt for
generations in the lives touched by his/her apprentice in the fulfillment of that apprentice’s
individual ministry assignment.

The Bible shows us that mentoring is an important function of the body of Christ. Paul,
perhaps the best example of mentorship in the Bible, encourages his apprentice Timothy to
carry on the mentorship process within the local body.

“The things which you have heard from me in the presence of many witnesses, entrust these to
faithful men who will be able to teach others also.” (2 Timothy 2:2)

Understand that you have before you an opportunity to influence more than a single
apprentice, but countless others who will benefit from your apprentice’s spiritual growth,
maturity and commitment to live in obedience to God, following His direction for that
apprentice’s life.

The Responsibilities of a Mentor
1. Commit to pray daily for your apprentice.
2. Commit to maintain your relationship with Christ in such a way that God will be able
to work powerfully through you in the life of your apprentice.
3. Commit to meet with your apprentice once a month for six months, choosing a time
that is convenient for both of you, allowing at least an hour for each meeting. (The
first meeting should happen within two weeks of agreement to become a mentor, if
at all possible.)
4. Commit to help your apprentice answer any questions they may have about God’s
direction in his/her life, listening carefully and only giving advice you believe to be
5. Commit to challenge your apprentice to grow and mature spiritually, relationally,
professionally, academically, etc., presenting scripture for study on suggested topics
and sharing related personal testimony.
6. To hold your apprentice accountable for commitments they make.
7. To direct mentorship meetings, making sure all steps are given the appropriate
amount of attention and meetings occur at regular, consistent intervals.

Suggested Meeting Topics
Before your first meeting, go over this list of suggested topics with your apprentice.
Together, choose the six that you and your apprentice feel are most important for you to
cover in your time together. You may want to combine more than one topic per meeting, if
you feel you will have time to cover more than one topic per meeting. If the apprentice
shows an interest or need in another area, you may tailor your topic choice to fit his/her
1. Personal evangelism
2. Accountability
3. Spiritual disciplines
4. Service within the local church body
5. Maintaining spiritual fervor and zeal
6. Challenges in pursuing personal ministry
7. Listening to the Holy Spirit
8. Finding the will of God
9. Professional growth
10. Achieving balance
11. Integrity
12. Humility
13. Overcoming doubt
14. Maintaining godly priorities

Preparing for Meetings
1. Research the topic you are going to cover. Try to use resources that your
apprentice can have access to.
2. Find scripture on the selected topic you can present to and study with your
3. Prepare a personal testimony on the selected topic to share with your apprentice.
4. Look over list of suggested questions for each meeting.

Meeting Outlines
Please use the provided discussion questions as much as possible while still allowing your
apprentice to ask questions that may be weighing heavy on his/her heart. The questions
provided parallel the Bible Study that your apprentice has been working through on the
Discovery CD given to him/her following his/her decision to surrender to God’s call. You may
want to familiarize yourself with the Discovery.

The Anatomy of a Meeting
1. General discussion (catch up on life events, etc.)
2. Prayer
3. Review of any assignments given during a previous meeting and the Mentoring
Accountability Form completed by your apprentice.
4. Presentation of the meeting topic, Bible study and testimony
5. Discussion of meeting questions (provided on The Discovery CD in the Mentor Section)
6. Assignment of homework (if any)
7. Prayer
8. Schedule next meeting