A companionship in which two or more persons intentionally come together to seek and respond to God’s activity in their lives.
When most people hear the word “mentor” they think of two people, with one taking on the role of senior advisor–helping, guiding, and teaching a younger person. But spiritual mentoring is so much more! Here are three different ways we encourage people to experience the power of mentoring relationships for their growth and maturity in Christ:
One-on-One Mentoring: a commitment to intentionally walk with another. Not as an expert or specialist, but simply as someone who loves, asks questions, listens, and prays with someone else.
“A Mentoring Guide does not promise a ‘color by numbers’ guide; instead it sets the table for mentors for the highly individualized, deeply spiritual, surprising and rich opportunity to be companions in the work of creating space for God.”
—Keith R. Anderson, author of Spiritual Mentoring and A Spirituality of Listening
Spiritual Triads: an exercise in spiritual companionship, each person helping the other persons to grow in their faith by providing consistent space to pay attention to what God is up to in each other’s lives.
“… the members of a triad need to be committed to three basic spiritual disciplines: listening, sharing, and discernment.”
—Soo-Inn Tan, author of
3 • 2 • 1: Following Jesus in Threes
The Journey: a peer-mentoring group process which focuses on the development and growth of people. Helping one another more deeply understand who God is, who they are, and what God desires to do through them.
“My Journey group was the most connected and vibrant study group I have ever been a part of…it was also the deepest and most meaningful examination of God and how He has been at work in my life that I have ever experienced.”
—a Journey participant