Mentors are not extra parents or just supportive friends; they are God-appointed guides that lead children through their spiritual journey. Like Paul and Timothy or Elijah and Elisha, mentors teach, instruct and impart to their students, often just one at a time. Mentors transcend these standard relationships with a golden, God-given purpose. Whether you mentor for a year or several years, you can influence a Christian child and change many lives for the good. Mentoring kids is a rewarding, necessary ministry that a child will always remember.
Which Child Should I Mentor?
It’s easy to get attached to a child. Class favorites rise to the top, no matter what they tell you! However, in order for a child to be a candidate for mentorship, he needs to meet important criteria. A God connection!
Is there are a God connection between you and the child? Do you see similar specific gifts in the student that would make you a suitable teacher? For example, are you a singer? Does the child like singing with you? This may not be solely an indication but could indicate a possible mentorship. Do you feel prompted to pray for the child more than others and does the child seek you out for help? These could be clues that mentoring possibilities exist.
How to Mentor
Mentorship doesn’t have to be announced to the world and can be informal. Sometimes it’s best to keep your intentions from the children because it can be a source of jealousy. Especially in small group situations.
Follow those steps to mentoring a child: