STEP ONE: Seek wisdom and clarity from God at the beginning and throughout the process. (i.e. pray and seek holiness before the Lord)

STEP TWO: Identify your challenge.

  • What are you facing?
  • What is your goal/ objective?

STEP THREE: Reflect on your challenge

  • What are the different aspects of this challenge?
  • What areas of your ministry may be impacted by this challenge? In what ways?
  • What risks/ barriers are you facing?
  • What options are you considering?
  • What will you have to trust God for?
  • What are your resources?

STEP FOUR: Prepare your key questions.

  • What do you need to know or learn?
  • What questions do you have about your challenge?
  • What experiences do you need/ lack?
  • Prioritize what you need to learn.

STEP FIVE: Prayerfully seek the experience you need in the database.

  • Who has experience with the kind of challenge you are facing?
  • Who of those with experience is likely to understand your ministry context?
  • Where is God leading your heart as you scan possible mentors on the website?
  • Contact the potential mentor in the way they prefer.

STEP SIX: Prepare to Listen. (attitude, heart and body)

  • Be sure to schedule and protect the time you set aside for this conversation.
  • Focus on the conversation- this is not time to check your e-mail.
  • Have plenty of paper to write what is shared
  • Be sure to listen and ask follow-up questions where you would like clarity.

STEP SEVEN: Make contact for your mentoring session.

STEP EIGHT: Prayerfully process the insight and determine the plan to face your challenge.

  • What insight do you need to take into account?
  • What are the similarities and differences in your context and what impact could they make?
  • What are the critical steps for you?
  • What leaders do you need to help in your ministry?
  • What is God leading you to do based on His word, prayer and the insight you have received?