What is a Mentor?

There have been times in my life when I wasn’t sure what I should do, but fortunately I was blessed to have mentors, who helped me find my way.  These mentors helped me discover where the Lord was leading me. I followed them as they followed Jesus.

Through this journey, the Lord began to impress upon me that now it was my turn to say to leaders in my life the same words the Apostle Paul said to his mentors, “Imitate me, as I imitate Jesus” (1 Cor. 11:1). God was calling me to be a mentor, and He is calling you to do the same.

What is a Mentor?

A mentor is both a noun and a verb. Mentoring is someone you are and something you do. 

God wants you to be a mentor. He wants to help you motivate and encourage the leaders He has brought into your life.

A Biblical example of this relationship is Paul & Timothy. Who is your Timothy?

God brings many people into our lives who are potential Timothys, but the challenge is for you to step forward like Paul did and invest your life into these potential Timothys.

Winston Churchill said, “We make a living by what we get, but we make a life by what we give.”     

Martin Luther King, Jr said, “Life’s most urgent question is: What are you doing for others?”  


What Would My Mentor Do?

You may have heard the phrase WWJD – What Would Jesus Do?

In 1 Corinthians 11:1, the Apostle Paul said, “Imitate me as I imitate Christ.” He was telling the church to follow him as he was following Jesus.

Throughout your life, you may come across times when you do not know what to do. Your look to godly mentors, and you’ll know what to do. Just as Paul said to the Corinthian church: if you are not sure what Jesus would do, imitate your godly mentor’s example. He or she should be following Jesus.

Meeting My Mentee

A few months ago, I was at a church planting conference, and I ran into someone who I had not seen for over thirty years. The last time I saw him he was a thirteen-year-old in my youth group and now he was a church planter.

He had planted a church and he was planting multi-site campuses in Texas, USA. As he stood before me, I was amazed at all that God had done in and through him.

I was so thankful that the Lord had allowed me to be a part of this young man’s life. I was blessed to be used by God to invest my life into him.

I challenge you to spend today in prayer asking God who it is that he wants you to mentor. Your investment will make a world of difference in the leader you mentor, and it will bless you as well.


Until the whole world knows Him,


Scott Kirk