The purpose of this dissertation is to address the need for pastors to mentor other pastors. To assist pastors in the process of mentoring one another, a four-fold outline is provided: (1) A mindset for mentoring, (2) The motivation to mentor, (3) A model for mentoring, and (4) The methodology to mentor.
A mindset for mentoring provides the foundation for this dissertation by considering the origin and history of mentoring. This chapter also discusses the renewed interest in mentoring, as well as, defining mentoring from various perspectives. Finally, certain misconceptions about mentoring are addressed and the specific context for mentoring in relationship to this dissertation is provided.
The motivation to mentor identifies, through literature, surveys, and interviews, the need for pastors to mentor other pastors. The rewards and risks of mentoring are also discussed.
A model for mentoring is developed by examining the process of learning, as well as, taking into account the different types of mentors that are available. A biblical model for pastors to mentor other pastors, based upon 2 Timothy 2:1-13, is provided.
The methodology to mentor contains three basic steps: (1) Know yourself, (2) Know your mentor-pastor and/or your protege-pastor, and (3) Know your mentoring relationship. The practical guidelines provided should enable any pastor, whether as the mentor or as the protege, to initiate and develop an effective mentoring relationship with another pastor.