Church Leadership 101: Mentor and Have a Mentor

There’s only one quality that I’m proud to tell others about me and don’t mind sharing. It’s a quality I also look for in others. And that is – I’m teachable. As long as I live, I’ll be a life-long learner. Partly because of the way I’m wired and I’m a reader, but also because I have a thirst to grow in knowledge.

Wherever I’ve lived and served, I’ve found someone to mentor me and I’ve tried to be a mentor to others. I’ve mentored guys younger and older than me (mostly younger). I’ve always found someone older than me and met with them regularly to learn from them and pick their brain.

There are many reasons to seek out a mentor. I must say again that it’s crucial to have a teachable spirit and sincerely believe you have room to grow and learn from another. One reason to seek out a mentor is to grow spiritually. Sometimes a mentor is further along spiritually than you and can disciple/mentor you in your walk with Christ.

Sometimes I seek out a mentor that is an awesome husband and father. I see how this person loves their wife and kids and I feel I could grow from spending time with them. I don’t know about you, but I want to learn how to be a better husband and father.

Sometimes I seek out a mentor that can help me grow professionally and as a leader. I meet once a week with a man that used to work with Ken Blanchard and helped write the book “Lead Like Jesus“. He’s led workshops on Blanchard’s “situational leadership” and countless “Lead Like Jesus” workshops and seminars. We meet weekly for him to pour into me and teach me about leadership (both situational leadership and servant leadership).

There are many reasons to be mentored and as you’re able to share what you, yourself, have learned over the years – you can mentor someone younger and pass on what you’ve been taught or learned the hard way. So what about you? Do you have a mentor? If so, tell us about it. Do you mentor others? If so, tell us about it.

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6 thoughts on “Church Leadership 101: Mentor and Have a Mentor

  1. Thanks for the post Greg! But I have one question: How does one go about asking someone to be their mentor? I've got a few more questions about mentoring, but this was the biggest question on my list.

    • Excellent question. I have stayed up late and not slept many a night debating over whether or not to ask someone to mentor me. It can be a very nerve-racking thing. I would say to be wise and take in consideration the person's profile and busyness. I would never ask Rick Warren or Bill Hybels to mentor me – not that I wouldn't love it. I just know they'd say "no". Make sense?

      But if you have someone close to you that you have a good relationship with and think you could learn from, prayerfully consider asking them and then go for the big ask.

  2. I would love to have a mentor! However I have been in seminary for 4 years and trying to find a pastor to help me prepare for running a church has been near impossible. I have asked several and either they half heartedly accept and don't want to meet or their response is I am too busy. Any suggestions on finding leaders to mentor me would be greatly appreciated. It seems not many really see this as a need anymore. When I do start a church this will be core to the ministry because it is exactly what Jesus did!

  3. Hello Ron, the first thing that you will need to do is to ask God to send someone your way. Second, your pastor can be your first mentor if you belong to a church. You will follow along with him the progress of the church or address the needs of the church. Hope these suggestions can help you somehow.

    • Thanks for sharing. Unfortunately, a lot of pastors do not make themselves available for mentoring and can be hard to meet with. If you have a pastor that will mentor you, that's great, but not always the case.