We have discussed many of the Biblical principles covering mentorship as well as many examples of actual mentors found throughout the Bible. However, the scripture is so full of examples that it would be impossible to discuss every single one of them in detail.
However, those who wish to learn more about the importance of mentoring and the right way to mentor according to the scriptures may wish to learn about more of the examples, including the following.
Jethro and Moses
Moses was a mentor to Joshua, whom we discussed earlier, but he also had a mentor himself. Jethro was actually Moses’ father-in-law and he served as a teacher, counsel, and mentor to him.
According to Exodus 18, Jethro actually counseled and corrected Moses. Now, keep in mind that Moses was already a leader. He had already spoken with God, and he still needed a mentor.
According to Exodus 18:17-23, Jethro confronted Moses because Moses had been sitting in judgment of the people. Jethro offered correction in saying that Moses should take the problems of the people to God instead of attempting to handle them himself.
This is a good example to understand that no matter how accomplished a person may become, they still need mentorship from someone else.
Deborah and Barak
Deborah was one of the Judges recorded in the Old Testament. She created such trust in herself that Barak, a great military leader, would only go out and fight if he was led by Deborah herself. You can read much more about it in Judges 4 and 5.
This is another very good example of the power of mentorship in the past and now. Barak felt that the mentorship of Deborah was so strong that he acted only in a way that she suggested. This doesn’t mean Barak was controlled by Deborah. Instead, it meant that he trusted her just that much.
Priscilla, Aquila and Apollos
Priscilla and Aquila were Christian preachers who worked under the tutelage of Paul. They were a very strong husband and wife team who actually worked as mentors themselves. In Acts chapter 18, we learn of Apollos, who was a very fervent Christian. The problem Apollos had was, even though his faith was strong, he didn’t have a deep theological knowledge to back up his own teachings.
Priscilla and Aquila took the time to teach everything about the gospel to Apollos so that he had the education needed to preach and lead others to his faith. Without this knowledge, Apollos would have had a hard time convincing others of his faith. Priscilla and Aquila had a strong impact on Apollos because they acted as willing mentors. Additionally, Apollos was a willing mentee and he wanted to learn. As a result, there are several comments later in the Bible that Apollos led many people to Christ.
This is a good example of how mentors must actually take the time to educate their mentees. By putting knowledge in the hands of the mentees, mentors can have a dramatic impact on people in the future as well.
These mentors, found throughout the Bible, show us how powerful mentorship can be. It is the reason the Christian church was even started. It was the reason the Lord’s commands were brought about. Through mentorship, great things happened, and this can be true today as well.