Tips for Mentoring New Leaders

So, good news and real-talk news (because there is never any bad news when we talk about investing in someone’s life). Which one do you want first?

Let’s go with the good news first: The good news is that you have found your new leader! Yay! Give yourself a pat on the back for that one. Sometimes that’s the hardest part.

Now . . . real-talk news: You have to plan and be intentional about mentoring a new leader. Mentoring someone takes more than just a one-time effort. You’re in it for the long haul. So develop a plan of action.

While this is not an exhaustive list, to get off on a good foot and effectively engage in a mentoring relationship, you must have the right (1) mindset, (2) commitment, (3) availability and (4) integrity.

  1. Mindset. As a mentor, you must be able to cast a vision for your ministry and communicate your values. When you pursue a mentoring role with the right mindset, you will be able to clearly articulate your purpose, strategy and passion for your ministry. This sparks excitement to come along with you on this mentoring journey.
  2. Commitment. First things first: make sure your mentee has agreed to be mentored. When you have this agreement, you can share the purpose of your mentoring relationship, expectations and desired outcome. This is also the perfect opportunity to remind your mentee that you are here to walk alongside him or her in this journey.
  3. Availability. Since mentoring is a process, it’s critical to be available to your new leader. Make an effort to be available inside and outside of the church's walls. Also, get to know your mentee beyond church ministry. Identify his or her needs, skills, gifts and personal calling, and find creative ways to connect and challenge your mentee in his or her walk.
  4. Integrity. Mentees need leaders with integrity — people who live out what they say. This is such a critical piece because if you teach your mentees to love all people and to teach that to our children, but then they witness you treating someone poorly, that behavior will create doubt. Not only will they doubt your teaching, but they might even doubt themselves.


Liz Encinia is a grown-up GA and the missional lifestyle strategist for preschool, children, and students at WMU of Texas. As a pastor’s kid, she has developed passion for missions discipleship and helping the next generation live out their faith in Christ. She is a currently studying at Regent University and is a candidate for the doctorate of strategic leadership. She lives in Dallas, Texas, and is the proud mom of her Chihuahua, Rocko.

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