Mentoring Program

Just as iron sharpens iron, friends sharpen the minds of each other.
Proverbs 27:17 (CEV)

"Mentoring is a learning relationship between two or more people who share mutual accountability for helping a mentee work towards spiritually integrated personal and professional development, and work synergistically toward ministry goals." (Creating a Mentoring Culture: The Organization's Guide, Lois J. Zachary, Jossey-Bass, 2005)

ABACC's Mentorship Program is designed to help individuals interested in improving their personal and professional lives with the help of a mentor — a mentor with experience, compassion, and a servant's heart.

Benefits of mentoring(1):

  • For the mentor:
    • Reinforce accomplishments
    • Expand your sphere of influence
    • Enhance communication skills
    • Leave a legacy
    • Increase recognition
    • Make a difference
    • Give back
  • For the mentee:
    • Expand your sphere of influence
    • Enhance communication and decision-making skills
    • Improve time management
    • Develop your career
    • Reduce burnout by integrating life/work balance
    • Increase confidence
    • Speed up the learning process
    • Promote visibility
    • Increase the feeling of being valued
  • For the institution:
    • Provide for better succession planning
    • Increase participation and engagement of employees
    • Manage stress and change
    • Align organization goals with personal goals of employees
    • Garner support for new organizational initiatives and transitions
    • Raise productivity through specific goal setting
    • Reduce turnover and organizational silos
    • Provide for faster and more robust transfer of knowledge and skills

Mentoring Resources

Mentoring Toolkit (pdf)

  • The Mentor Toolkit includes the Mentor Application, Characteristics of a Successful Mentor, Mentor Requirements, Role of the Mentor, Mentorship Training Tools, and the Evaluation Form.

Mentoring Toolkit (doc)

  • Same contents as PDF in MS Word format.

Mentee Toolkit (pdf)

  • The ABACC Mentee Toolkit includes the Mentee Application, What to do if it Doesn't Work Out, and the Mentor Evaluation.

Mentee Toolkit (doc)

  • Includes the same contents as the PDF version.


(1) Adapted from Outcomes Magazine (Summer 2011)