What are Mentor Relationships?

A mentor relationship is simply when someone walks along side of you and helps you move closer to Christ. We've developed four ways for you to move toward Christ-likeness through mentor relationships.

Spiritual Friend

The camaraderie and concern shared between spiritual friends focuses on each other’s soul care (spiritual journey). The interaction between spiritual friends is a mutual love and desire to see each other become all that God intends for them to become. The end result of this mutually nurturing relationship is a spiritual transformation that honors God!

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The mentor establishes a relationship with another person that makes available and holds accountable for certain specific information, skills, networks and their application throughout his or her spiritual journey. The end result of this relationship is an apprenticeship that points the mentee to Christ and spiritual practices that promote Christ-likeness.

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Coaching is a relational process that turns thinking into action. The coachee is the expert in this relationship and the coach’s role is to draw out of the coachee information, experiences, and truth. Asking questions, listening and delivering concise messages the coach guides the elimination of interference prohibiting forward spiritual progress.

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Spiritual Guide/Director

In this very special relationship a more mature believer will have the opportunity to explore with another believer what God may be doing in his or her life. The Spiritual Director/Guide will listen to God with one ear and with the other ear to the believer. The end result of this interaction is a more intentional obedience to God in relationship to Jesus Christ.

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How do you know you need a mentor?

You want to...

  • Close the gap in understanding and applying Scripture.
  • Develop an intentional plan for growing in Christ-likeness.
  • Activate and fire up your prayer life.
  • Discover God's presence in your life.
  • Develop a viable spiritual discipline or practice.
  • Appreciate and accept accountability.

How do you know you need a coach?

You want to...

  • Move out of the rut you're in on your spiritual journey.
  • Partner with an unbiased listener to sort out your life.
  • Have someone who'll ask the hard questions that make you think.
  • Combine what you know and where you need to be.
  • Walk with an accountability partner.

How do I find a mentor, guide or coach, or perhaps, become one?

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Tim Holcomb, Mentor Relationship Minister
615.324.6172 | tholcomb@brentwoodbaptist.com