First and foremost, we need to quit dumbing down the definition of Mentoring. We’ve lowered the bar of what it looks like to mentor someone. An adult leader spending time with a student does not equate to mentorship. Adult leaders being best friends with a student does not equate to mentorship. You might be a great mentor at video games, but that’s probably not going to do much for the student in the long run. There are seasons where I get busy, or where I simply take the easy option when it comes to “mentoring” a student, and I’m sure I’m not alone in that. You know, where you simply spend time with them, there’s no real deep discussion, you just sort of fit them into your schedule. If I was to mentor that way all the time, I guarantee my Youth Pastor would hunt me down and slap me. It’s not the example he set, and it’s not mentoring.