Human life is not static: we develop through the stages of infancy and childhood, young adulthood, middle years and senior years. We change physically and psychologically through these transitional phases, with implications for our work and relationships. Some changes are natural, positive and chosen; others are unchosen, unwelcome and difficult to understand or negotiate. The spiritual life is not static either: relationship with God develops, discipleship deepens, spiritual practices mature, character grows – sometimes through suffering, failure and mystery as well as blessings and successes. Life is full of transitions, beginnings, endings and new beginnings. Mentoring people helpfully, sensitively and effectively benefits from an awareness of where both mentor and mentee are on the human and spiritual journey. The aim in this session is to look at the main stages of this journey, and the implications for mentoring.
Bruce was for many years in church pastoral leadership and has more recently been working in the universities in Birmingham as a study coach and specialist mentor, including working with students with disability and mental ill-health. Bruce and his wife Lois are mentors for the Mission Apprentice programme and are experienced retreat guides He has received training in psychotherapy and counselling psychology and is a member of the European Mentoring and Coaching Council.
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