Salvation Army Canada - Mentoring


The wisdom literature tells us that two are better than one “If one falls down, his friend can help him up.  But pity the one who falls and has no one to help him up” (Ecclesiastes 4:9).  Leaders in all fields are discovering that there are risks in “going it alone”.  This is powerfully illustrated in the 2010 movie 127 hours, which is based on the true story of Aron Ralston.  Ralston was an experienced mountain climber – a leader in his field.  He confidently set out on a solo rock climbing trip into the rugged canyons of Utah.  Through an accident, he falls and is pinned between a rock and the wall of the canyon for 127 hours.  Ralston has become known as the man who amputated his own arm to save his life.  Reflecting on this event he said, “I miscalculated the risk of going alone.” 

To fall is human (Romans 3:23). Therefore, Christian life and leadership, like mountain climbing, is best done with the support of others.  The Christian leader develops and progresses best when harnessed to someone a little farther along. 

Mentors provide this kind of support by listening, offering accountability, guiding support and more. 

Available online or in the attachment below.
Why You Need a Mentor (PDF)

MENTORING GUIDE developed by the Center for Health Leadership & Practice
This helpful guide focuses on mentoring within a professional context. The guide’s format is intentionally simple and brief to facilitate its use by busy people.  Support to develop skills for successful mentoring will focus on: Active listening, building trust, determining goals and building capacity that is encouraging and inspiring.  This booklet has a helpful Annotated Bibliography which points to many other mentoring resources including what follows.

Available online or in the attachment below.
Mentoring Guide - A Guide for Mentors

Often in our busy lives, planning how we will spend time with our mentor is a challenge. Helpful suggestions are found in the following article available online or in the attachment below.
Things to Do Together Mentor-Menthe Meetings (PDF)

Conversation starters are available in Major Beverly Ivany’s book, Mentorship: A Guide for Developing Healthy Mentoring Relationships/25 outlines to encourage conversations.

Mentorship: A Guide for Developing Healthy Mentoring Relationships/25 outlines to encourage conversations (PDF)