Young adults place heavy value on connecting with people who have more life experience than they do. Some would call this mentoring or cross-generational ministry; the bottom line is that they want to learn from someone else's experiences. Mentoring is not new concept of support and development. The exercise of mentoring can be traced back to the bible days. Hence, mentoring is a biblical concept. Even though the word "mentor" itself is never used in Scripture, the principles applied when using that terminology, can be found throughout the biblical text. We see numerous examples of mentoring relationships taking place throughout the Bible. In some cases, individuals were involved in multiple mentoring relationships. Sometimes mentoring happened on a one-to-one basis, and in other cases, mentoring took place in a group setting. However, the group was always small enough to listen to, and interact with, each individual. Jesus mentored 12, sometimes three and, on rare occasions, one. Also in the Bible we see that:


  1. Jethro mentored Moses. Moses mentored Joshua and the elders of Israel. And Joshua mentored the other remaining leaders of his army.

  2. Eli mentored Samuel. Samuel mentored Saul and David. Ahithophel and Nathan the prophet also mentored David. David became Israel's greatest king. David mentored his army commanders and government officials to establish the united nation of Israel. David also mentored Solomon. Solomon mentored the Queen of Sheba, who returned to her people with his wisdom in the form of Proverbs that applied God's laws.

  3. Elijah mentored Elisha. Elisha mentored king Jehoash and others.

  4. Daniel mentored Nebuchadnezzar, who humbled himself before God.

  5. Mordecai mentored Esther. Esther mentored King Artaxerxes, which led to the liberation of God's people.

  6. Priscilla and Aquila mentored Apollos, and this resulted in a much-improved ministry for Apollos.

  7. And finally, Jesus mentored the twelve apostles who established the Christian church. The apostles mentored hundreds of other leaders, including Paul. Paul mentored Titus, Timothy, and many others. Timothy mentored "faithful men" such as Epaphras. Epaphras and the other faithful men mentored others also, which led to a chain reaction that resulted in dozens of new churches in Asia. Ultimately, this specific mentoring chain is the beginning point of our churches today. 


In recent years there has been a remarkable rise of interest in mentoring. Mentoring relationships are valued as a very powerful means to longer-term personal development in life and a business environment. Sometimes there is confusion over what mentoring is, and what it is not. Mentoring is a highly valuable development activity implemented in many organizations. At the core of the activity is the relationship between the mentor and the mentee, where the development of the mentee is the key focus. The relationship is a non-reporting one and replaces none of the organizational structures in place. The development needs satisfied through the relationship can vary in focus from guidance on settling into a new organization, performance improvement to career management. The main point with mentoring is that the focus is determined by the mentee. They must lead in identifying issues and, with guidance from the mentor, resolving them. The mentor is not there to provide ‘the answers’, but to guide the mentee towards ‘the answer’ that is right for them.


The mentoring relationship can be both short and long term. It may develop to focus on a particular issue or it may be one that lasts for years covering a range of issues. Typically the mentor and mentee meet at designated times and places to discuss issues; make plans to resolve and then review. The formal vs. informal nature of the sessions is down to those involved, however each session must have a purpose.

Why become a mentor?

Engaging in a mentoring relationship is beneficial for mentor and mentee. The specific benefits for the mentor are:


  1. Leadership and spiritual development as well as broadening of skills and knowledge

  2. Provision of a new dimension to current career in ministry

  3. Can increase personal and professional networks

  4. Seeing others develop from your experience(s)

Skills and Qualities of a Mentor

JAF is keen to encourage the use of mentoring; however it is vital that those that agree to become mentors have the right skills and qualities to make the relationship work. As such below is a list of the skills and qualities we feel a mentor should have. You are encouraged to review these and evaluate yourself before agreeing to become a mentor.


  • Do you have a spiritual mentor who is pouring his/her life into you the way Paul poured his life into Timothy or Elizabeth poured her life into her cousin Mary?

  • Do you have someone you can go to for wise counsel?

  • Do you have someone who is a godly example for you and a model worth imitating?

  • Do you have someone who lives out biblical values and spiritual maturity?

  • Do you have someone with solid skills that can help you improve where you are weak?

Role of a Mentor

As a mentor you will be viewed as a more experienced person both spiritually and professionally, who is willing and able to pass on the benefit of that experience and professional skills. However your role is not simply to ‘tell’ the mentee what to do, the role of the mentor include, to:

  • Listen and be supportive

  • Provide non-judgmental support

  • Provide guidance on issues raised

  • Clarify goals of mentee

  • Pass on knowledge and experience

At GHSCF we assign mentors to our dream to reality for our SCD groups as well as all students registered in our programs. All our mentors are Christians and great leaders of accomplishments in their respective fields. And they are men and women of character and great values. 


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