Saturday, May 3, 2014

Dr. James Peoples, a Friend and Mentor

What is a mentor? 

According to Management Mentors, "Mentoring is most often defined as a professional relationship in which an experienced person (the mentor) assists another (the mentoree) in developing specific skills and knowledge that will enhance the less-experienced person's professional and personal growth." 

What does a mentor do? (according to Management Mentors)

  • Teaches the mentoree about a specific issue
  • Coaches the mentoree on a particular skill
  • Facilitates the mentoree's growth by sharing resources and networks
  • Challenges the mentoree to move beyond his or her comfort zone
  • Creates a safe learning environment for taking risks
  • Focuses on the mentoree's total development
When I think of a "mentor", I automatically think about Pastor James. As I read through the list of what a mentor does, he has been exactly that in my life. He has taught, coached, facilitated, challenged, and invested into my life, and in countless other men's lives. 

This weekend Pastor James will celebrate 20 years as pastor of Trinity Baptist Church, Keystone Heights, FL. The Lord has truly blessed his ministry over the years! A lot can be said about the impact of his ministry on so many lives, but I am thankful for his friendship and personal investment into my life. Love you my friend!