One of the Biblical terms that shapes the expression of mentoring today is ‘nouthetein’ – the verb meaning ‘instruction’ or ‘edification’. It is used by Paul through his letters to encourage believers to respond to and to exercise pastoral teaching or spiritual guidance with one another. The background of the term is important. The context of its use is in family, household or close friendship environments where there is a relationship of trust, responsibility and particularly mutuality. It has the implication of ‘honest and earnest but gentle admonition among friends’. The contextual basis for nouthetein’ is always a caring committed covenant relationship with the other.
Over the last two to three years, I have had a number of approaches from leaders involved in mentoring others to facilitate an update or advanced skills course. This is finally getting underway in Sydney, being hosted by Peter and Ngaire Moore. I will be doing the training for this program. The advanced skills course assumes participants will already be mentoring and have had either some experience or some previous training. We will not be covering the same material covered in the foundational level course.
Applications are welcome online, you will be contacted for an interview (most likely over the phone or internet)
Help! I have been asked to be a mentor and I would love to say yes, but I don’t know what to do!
Mentoring another person is one of the greatest gifts you can give. It is an act of service, creating an environment where the person can share openly, deal with issues and grow. Mentoring does not require a degree or high level training (although training can make a significant difference in effectiveness). Anyone can mentor if they are willing to take the time to put some basic principles into practice.