Where can I find a Spiritual Mentor?
Where do I find potential mentors?
Anyone can be a potential mentor, but I strongly advise you to choose wisely. Your relationship with a mentor is raw and challenging. It will test the limits of your insecurity. You don’t want to trust just anyone with the matters of your heart and your spiritual life.
The following list is a good place to start, but be cautioned: just because someone holds a position in a church does not mean they are a good fit to be your mentor. This can be for a variety of reasons. Some may not have the time you would require while others are just not able to relate to your life experiences. Remember the best mentor is the right mentor for you. Here are some examples of potential Spiritual mentors:
- Pastors (duh, but proceed cautiously)
- Church elders and deacons
- Church staff and volunteers (life group leaders, secretaries, etc.)
- Counselors and psychologists (you may need to pay for these services)
- Recovery group leaders (Celebrate Recovery, Divorce Care, etc.)
- The eldest and longest standing members of a church congregation
- The church janitor (if you scoffed at this, this may be your starting point and your emphasis should be “how to humbly serve”)
Finding people to be a spiritual mentor may sound easy, but let me caution you: Not everyone is qualified to be a spiritual mentor. There are a multitude of issues that surround such a special relationship, many of which were covered in our special interview with Todd Mallery of Sherwood Christian Academy. In our next post in this series we will talk about the qualifications that should be evident in the life of any prospective spiritual mentor.