MAJOR AREAS OF MENTORING
There are some common areas in which people seek mentoring:
Spiritual development: Setting aside adequate time in a busy schedule; how to pray more effectively, how to understand the Bible and take it more seriously, practising other spiritual disciplines, developing own unique form of spirituality, living and walking in the Spirit.
Ministry: Mentoring others in ministry, helping them to locate and develop their unique gifting and the area of call. This will also entail exposure to ministry relationships and opportunities, as well as helping them as they take their first baby steps.
Vocational skills: This is what happens in apprenticeship. A seasoned professional in a given field, takes on an amateur – with the understanding that he will teach and help the latter to acquire the requisite skills to operate successfully and according to standard practices in the field.
Family skills: In Paul’s letter to Timothy, he instructed that the older women should teach the younger – a function of the mentoring process. In an age where the family structure is losing its edge and God-ordained focus, it more crucial than ever to ensure that young couples are helped by more matured God-fearing couples who have themselves made a success of their marriages and homes. The benefits in this are unquantifiable and have a positive far-reaching effect on the society and the church too. Areas to be covered under this are quite broad: understanding your spouse, family finances, prioritising, parenting, marital relationships, etc