Religion and associations are not obstacles to human spirituality. It's based on universal ideals that apply to everyone, regardless of age, gender, or cultural origin. When we look at the lives and teachings of spiritual leaders throughout history, we can see this. Examine the overarching characteristics and how to focus on your spiritual self.
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Spiritual mentors aren't always religious leaders, nor are they always managers who oversee the development of a company. They do, though, take the lead. It's a new kind of leadership that necessitates a distinct set of traits. Understanding these characteristics can also assist you in identifying mentors who can help you improve your spiritual health.
1. Rather than directing, guide
Spiritual mentors frequently take the back roads and may not necessarily follow societal conventions. They do not operate by imposing their opinions on others or directing others to follow their lead. Instead, they offer their experiences and expertise in order to help others achieve the same spiritual clarity they have – they inspire rather than instruct.
What makes a good spiritual mentor?
Someone who cares about you and wants the best for you is a spiritual mentor. They understand that having a personal relationship with Christ is the most essential thing in life, so they encourage you to invest in it. As a result, you will be able to progress spiritually and in your religion.
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What does spiritual mentoring mean?
The Holy Spirit, the mentor, and the mentee form a spiritual mentoring relationship. The mentee strives to learn what God is already doing in his or her life through this relationship, and thereby grows in friendship with God, identity in God, and knowledge of God's call.
Who is a mentor biblically?
Moses mentored Joshua, Naomi mentored Ruth, Ezra mentored Nehemiah, Elijah mentored Elisha, and Elizabeth mentored her niece Mary, to name a few biblical examples. Barnabas coached Paul and John Mark, and Paul coached Timothy, his spiritual son.
What does the Bible says about mentorship?
Mentorship is essential to Christian discipleship, of course. The Twelve”his own who were in the world,” as John 13:1 puts itwere mentored by Jesus to know him (and, through him, to know the Father) and to re-present God's love in the world. Jesus exhibited God's love for them and called them to love one another through his simple act.
What does a spiritual coach do?
A spiritual coach, also known as a spiritual life coach, looks at the deeper connections that people have with the Universe. They assist people in gaining a new or deeper awareness of the world they live in, as well as the energies that run through it. A spiritual coach will employ a variety of healing modalities to assist their clients on their travels. They serve as a guidance for instilling self-confidence and compassion in others.
People hire spiritual coaches for a variety of reasons. The following are some of the most common areas in which spiritual coaches work with clients:
People frequently inquire about whether or not they must be religious to work with or become a spiritual coach. No, that is not the case. Spirituality, unlike religion, does not come with a set of rules or concepts. It's all about feeling a part of something bigger than ourselves. People can nurture feelings of love, compassion, and awareness by recognizing and honoring that connection. A spiritual coach will always respect the religious views of their clients.
What is the difference between a spiritual father and a mentor?
The most important distinction between a mentor and a spiritual father is that a mentor, in general, leads the mentee through a specific stage of life. A spiritual father has a closer relationship with his “kid” and concentrates on spiritual enrichment and development throughout their lives.
How do you choose a spiritual leader?
Spiritual leaders are not often found in religious organizations. This is more of a distinction than a criticism. People can be liberated from unreasonable expectations of some leaders by distinguishing spiritual leadership from other forms of leadership.
At the same time, making this distinction might aid in identifying who your organization's spiritual leaders are. The following are six characteristics that most spiritual leaders share:
- They inspire others to have their own spiritual encounters with God. One of the most powerful aspects of Jesus' conduct was that He did not shift gears to introduce His disciples to the reality of God.
Interacting with the Father was so natural that people around Him couldn't help but do the same, whether they were standing in the synagogue or gathering wheat along the route. Whether a spiritual leader is onboarding a new employee or working through a difficult issue, his followers will grow closer to God as a result of the experience.
- They help others find their own sense of purpose and identity. Spiritual leadership is marked by a high level of charity. A spiritual leader truly desires for others to fully realize who they were created to be.
Workplace challenges and strategic development become tools for followers to uncover their own identity and overcome roadblocks. People who work in areas where they have developed their own identity and strength will always be more productive than those who are merely striving to fill a position or duty.
- Not only do they lead others into transformation, but they also lead others into output. Production will always be a natural outcome when the goal is spiritual growth and wellbeing. When people operate from a place of identity, they perform at their best.
Assisting your followers in realizing that their own transformation is possible on the job can increase loyalty and morale. Spiritual leadership inspires followers to be passionate about what they do. The component that transforms people and organizations from production to transformational effect is passion.
- They have an effect on their surroundings. While words alone cannot stop a storm, spiritual leaders realize that they may alter the “temperature” of a room, encounter, or relationship.
Changing the atmosphere is similar to casting vision, only it is instantaneous. When there is tension, anxiety, or indifference, a spiritual leader may restore vision, vigor, and hope by transforming the immediate force of these storms. Even when saying difficult things, a spiritual leader may fill a room with love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, and gentleness.
- They assist individuals in seeing old things in new light. Many people are caught in their viewpoints and mindsets, not in their situations. “To think differently, or to think in a different way” is what the term “repent” means. Jesus urged people to reconsider old truths with fresh eyes. Meaningful change is always preceded by a shift in mindset.
- They achieve popularity as a result of who they are rather than a job they have. Secular organizations can have spiritual leaders, just as religious organizations can have managers and organizational leaders.
Spiritual leaders inspire rather than instruct, and they influence rather than direct. They have an innate understanding that they are serving somethingand Someonefar greater than themselves and their personal goals.
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Was Jesus a coach or a mentor?
Because the world of athletics is so pervasive, coaching carries a sense of familiarity and power. A coach in athletics has typically participated in the sport in question and thus has a databank and history that qualifies him to teach. There is unmistakably a knowledge or skill transfer from coach to player.
Parents training their teenagers is my favorite coaching analogy. Parents discipline, instruct, and train their children when they are young “in the way they should go” emphasizing the importance of living a holy, wealthy, and moral life. However, once teenagers begin their first year of high school, “Parents who grasp the importance of shifting from training to coaching recognize that they will lose influence if they do not do so. If parents do not allow their children to participate in sports, “Most teenagers learn the hard way, or not at all, how to play the game of life.
Parents who coach their children well allow them to succeed “While walking the sidelines, they “walk the field” a little at a time. Coaches who know what they're doing don't throw their teenagers into the game of life all at once. They put them out on the field for four downs to see how they perform. If all goes well, it'll be eight downs, then twelve, and so on. When a teen makes a mistake, the prudent parent-coach takes him or her off the field for more instruction, reprimand, or even punishment. The coach returns his player to the field when the timing is right.
Adult education is becoming more popular “Data, skill, or knowledge transmission are not necessary for “life-coaching.” A life coach, like a high school teacher or a politician, can help a “rocket surgeon.”
When a student contacts or contracts with an instructor for the sole purpose of completing a new project or goal, this is known as life coaching “transferring from one chair to the next.” Writing a book, starting a healthier lifestyle, overcoming interpersonal difficulties, or obtaining a professional advancement are all examples. Life coaching can be used in almost any situation where a coachee desires to make a change.
Coaching is not for everyone. Life coaching necessitates a certain level of mental and emotional health on the side of the coachee: the ability to honestly answer questions, perceive reality for what it is, and the willingness to implement agreed-upon adjustments on their own.
When one individual wishes to replicate the life of another, usually including the mentor's personal patterns and habits, mentoring takes place. Several specific abilities, particularly those related to leadership or commercial acumen, are frequently included. Mentoring is popular in the corporate sector, as well as in the fields of law, medicine, and religion.
Discipleship, on the other hand, occurs solely in a religious setting; it is the process of developing someone in their faith in Christ. Discipleship, when done effectively, involves all elements of life, including how one conducts oneself in the workplace, family, and church. Even in the church, the notion and use of the term “mentoring” has virtually superseded the phrase “discipleship.”
Jesus mentored his followers, in the sense that he taught them how to live as he did in order for them to prosper in his absence. In reality, he practiced the kind of mentoring that has the most impactthe kind that isn't centered on scheduled sessions and a fixed curriculum. His trainees were given access to Jesus' daily existence. They saw him eat, travel, educate, heal, rest, visit, and engage with both detractors and admirers.
Mentees frequently ask questions and offer comments that apply directly to a certain circumstance while walking alongside the mentor, enhancing and growing the relationship. This takes time, much more time than other types of relationships, but the time has already been invested because the mentor is simply living his or her life and the mentee is accompanying them.
Giving a student or resident access at several touch points in your life each week, on the other hand, multiplies the advantage of influencing their life for God's Kingdom.
This is obviously more intimidating, but if correctly put up, you can tell the mentee that he or she will see you at your best and worst, shining like a hero in dazzling armor but simultaneously stinking like the sinner you are.
Perhaps the following will assist to distinguish several differences between coaching, mentoring, and discipleship:
Consulting is focused on a certain activity or piece of information. The emphasis is on practical topics such as how to manage more successfully, talk more clearly, or learn to think strategically. This necessitates a content specialist capable of advising the consultant's client on how to improve these abilities.
Life-Coaching focuses on any problem that a coachee wishes to discuss, such as managing more efficiently, speaking more articulately, transitioning from merely surviving to thriving in a difficult relationship, learning how to think strategically, or even publishing a book. A competent coach, on the other hand, just asks terrific questions that explore and challenge the coachee. Rather of employing an outside expert consultant, the coachee is the expert on his or her own life. They know how to do what they want to do better than anyone else, but they employ a life coach to guide them through the process. The life coach inspires the coachee by probing his or her thinking with stimulating questions and assisting him or her in setting measurable goals or action points to that aim. The action points, however, are determined by the coachee.
Mentoring (discipleship) focuses on relationships, but it also encompasses all elements of the mentor's and mentee's lives. It aims to create a safe environment in which the mentor can discuss any concerns that are interfering with his or her career and/or personal achievement. Although specific learning objectives or competencies may be utilized to establish the link, it also considers factors such as work/life balance, self-confidence, self-perception, and how the personal influences the professional. This greater context of all elements of life has permitted, even facilitated, the increasingly ubiquitous usage of this phrase in place of discipleships throughout the last few decades. Mentoring has become common parlance in the church, including what was once limited to discipleship.
Coaching is a short-term commitment. Although a coach can successfully coach a client for a short length of time, perhaps just a few sessions, many coaches require at least three months or 12 sessions. Depending on the aim of the coaching relationship, the coaching might last as long as it is needed.
Mentoring is usually a long-term commitment. Mentoring, in order to be successful, requires time for both partners to learn about one another and establish a climate of trust in which both the mentor and the mentee can feel comfortable disclosing the true challenges that affect his or her success. Successful mentoring relationships often endure for 1-2 years, though they can extend much longer as the mentee matures. As the two become closer together, successful mentoring partnerships typically turn into mutual mentorship. As a result, unlike coaching, most experts advocate that mentoring relationships be between two people of the same gender.
Coaching is a result-oriented process. The goal of coaching is to assist an individual in reaching the desired outcome in a given situation. The coach is no longer required once the desired objective has been attained. However, after they see the value of a coach, many people just move on to another issue or goal, or hire their coach on an as-needed basis. Without their personal coach, the most effective life coaches I know would never be able to help others.
Mentoring is based on a person's growth or maturity. Its goal is to improve an individual's professional skills at the very least, and it frequently incorporates personal habits and maturity. A professional mentor's focus and outcome would be limited to skills relating to an individual's job. A full-orbed mentor, on the other hand, would take into account and address every part of the mentee's life, including but not limited to their professional abilities (though they might not do that specific training). It would also involve personal discipline, integrity difficulties, personal connection with people in the job, neighbors & family members, timeliness, dress, financial objectives, mental health, and even one's relationship with God – and everything that goes with it.
Design is not required for coaching. Coaching can be done nearly immediately on any topic and is sometimes limited to only one coaching session unless the coachee requests that they return to the same issue.
Mentoring, as I've defined and constructed it, entails just walking alongside one's mentor in various facets of life, seeing how the mentor goes about his or her business, and asking and responding to questions prompted by the mentee along the way. Mentors with experience establish their own agendas along the road and purposefully expose mentees to a wide range of topics and circumstances relevant to their work and spiritual life.
- When a scenario happens at work, home, church, or in the community that requires a neutral party to talk through an issue,
- If you're just getting started in life, whether it's in your medium to late teen years, college, or early professional life, finding a mentor is one of the best things you can do.
- Co-mentoring eventually replaces mentoring since two people are accountable to one other, going to the gym together, attending small groups together, having coffee together on a regular basis, vacationing together, serving the poor together, and so on. However, co-mentoring should not come at the expense of mentoring a mentee.
Conclusion: Much, if not all, of the foregoing is dictated by the seasons of life. The current status at home, whether married with young children or teenagers, empty nesters with adult children and grandchildren living in the area or in another state, single, or single again, etc. all of these situations necessitate different needs, but the benefits of hiring a coach at different touch points, at various times in life, are enormous.
Similarly, regardless of one's circumstances or life structure, we all require and benefit from regular accountability with someone older than our spouse. We descend into our base state as sinners if left to our own devices, without the sharpening of iron on iron, scratching and swearing in public, not bathing or shaving often enough…
When God planned most of us to spend the majority of our lives with one person, our spouse, he understood what he was doing. But he also realized that in order to question the motives and thinking of our hearts and brains, women needed to share routinely with other women and men needed to work together, smoke an occasional cigar, and have a beer together.
God's plan for us is not for us to live in isolation. He intended for us to live in community. We must make an effort to seek each other out in today's western culture. Intentionality is required in the types of relationships outlined above.
Michael grew up in Seattle, Washington, on the “left” coast. He received his bachelor's degree from Biola University in 1975 and his master's degree from Western Seminary in 1979. He has been the Western Regional Director for CMDA since 1984, after helping to start a church in Gresham, Oregon. He lives in Portland with his wife Linda and their two married children.
Making yourself, your ideas, experience, wisdom, and understanding available to your mentee is what availability means as a mentor. It also entails being open and honest with your mentee in order to foster trust and allow your mentoring relationship to thrive.
As a result, if you are a professional or an investor seeking the ideal mentor to assist you in growing your business, you must evaluate their availability. Your mentor must make oneself available in a variety of ways, in addition to making time for you and committing to one-on-one meetings. They must, for example, be emotionally available. This implies they must provide you with the essential emotional support by urging you to persevere when things become difficult.
A good mentor should listen to you and show genuine concern for your career or business, even if they are not always there to you a shoulder to weep on. They must realize that when you achieve, they will succeed as well. By observing their body language and professional behavior, you can quickly determine whether or not your mentor is emotionally available.
Another sign of a mentor's availability is their readiness to contact you outside of business hours. This can be accomplished via phone or email. Although your mentor does not have to agree to this agreement, it is best if they are available to you at important times in your business in case you need their help.
You can't be a professional mentor unless you can listen well and actively. This is the most basic technique to assisting a mentee in succeeding. Active listening is a valuable talent that is rarely taught in schools. It can only be learned via practice. As a result, when seeking for a mentor, you should assess their listening skills.
The manner your mentor responds to your inquiries will reveal whether or not they are an engaged listener. It shows they aren't paying attention to you if they continuously give you responses that leave you with more inquiries. Also, don't think your mentor is listening to you just because they are quiet most of the time. During a conversation, being quiet can signify a variety of things. It could indicate that they are considering what to say next, are preoccupied, or are pondering on what you are saying.
A mentor who is actively listening to you will steer the conversation in the right direction, avoiding closed-ended questions and dead ends. They accomplish this by posing broad questions that imply possible conversational courses and outcomes. As a mentee, you must recognize that it is not your mentor's role to provide you with advice or solutions to your difficulties; rather, they are expected to help you discover yourself.
Because time is constantly limited, you must make the most of the time you have with your mentor. As a result, your mentor must possess great analytical skills in order to comprehend your difficulties and provide the most effective solutions as quickly as feasible. They should be able to respond to your inquiries without equivocation.
A professional mentor must also stay current in order to effectively address the most recent industry concerns. They should also be adaptable enough to shift their point of view and analysis in response to industry changes. In their examination of each scenario, a good mentor should be objective and fair.
In conclusion, the three A's of mentorship are essential to every sort of mentoring. Your mentor should be accessible, analytical, and attentive to what you have to say. Your mentor won't be able to comprehend your wants or assist you in addressing challenges if you don't have these essentials. Do you have any notable business mentors you'd like to work with? Please let us know in the comments section below.