Jesus chose to invest most of his personal time and energy in ministry in developing twelve Disciples. Mentoring is an essential component of Discipleship where knowledge, wisdom, and skills are shared among a few individuals for the sake of passing on what’s been learned to others who have yet to come.

Intentional Faith Development means you are growing from the influence of a personal mentor and you are intentionally acting as a mentor for others.


Spiritual mentoring is Relational, Purposeful, and Personal

…and involves Listening, Guiding, and Modeling.


Mentoring is different from didactic or “explicit” learning often found in a classroom between teacher and student. Spiritual Mentoring can happen effectively in one-one relationships, triads, and small groups or cohorts.


Examples of Mentoring* in the Church:

(*Mentoring- like each IFD Stepping Stone- is used very broadly here. Other sources will define it more narrowly contrasting it with coaching, spiritual direction, etc. while we offer them as different types of mentoring.)


Confirmation Sponsor                Spiritual Director          Faith or Discipleship Coach

Small Group Leader                    New Member Shepherd               Apprenticeships          Candidacy Mentor


“In spite of Jesus’ clear strategy of calling people from the crowds an focusing on a few, we continue to rely on preaching and programs as the means to make disciples…Discipleship is fundamentally a relational process.” –Transforming Discipleship, Greg Ogden


In our highly individualized society, learning and discovery can all be self-taught and self-driven. Technology has made it easy to “figure out” your own spirituality or the opposite to teach in mass and at a distance. Yet, Jesus chose a highly relational and intimate way of passing on the faith—through mentoring. Churches and church leaders need to recover the habit of mentoring to make and grow disciples of Jesus Christ.


Reading Resource

  • Transforming Disciples: Making Disciples a Few at a Time by Greg Ogden
  • Faith Coaching: a conversational approach to helping others move forward in faith by Chad Hall, et al.
  • Spiritual Mentoring: A Guide for Seeking and Giving Direction by Anderson and Reiss


Doing Resource

  • Choose a Confirmation curriculum with a Mentor/Sponsor component or add your own mentoring piece to Confirmation or the new member process.
  • Find a Spiritual Director or Coach to work with you
  • Start mentoring with one triad of 3 leaders from your church; or one young adult and older adult in your church.


If you have questions or would like to further explore these Stepping Stones to faith development
please contact Rev. Meg Witmer-Faile by phone (817-877-5222) or email (megwitmer-faile@ctcumc.org).