To those of you who yearn for a mentor: you’re not alone, but let me challenge you in two ways. First, consider who God has put in your life for training, guidance, and spiritual encouragement. Don’t let a narrow model of mentorship overshadow God’s intentional equipping of you. Second, don’t be afraid to put yourself out there. Ask people to mentor you. It can be intimidating, but I suspect some of us lack mentors for fear of asking.
Until the number of women in leadership equalizes, we will have to be wise and resourceful to make up for the absence of female mentors. At the same time, I’m optimistic about what God is doing among women, even with this professional disadvantage. The women I interviewed were intelligent, motivated, passionate, and, most importantly, committed to Christ. I left each interview convinced that God is raising up an awesome generation of women. He’s doing something amazing and new. The new model of mentorship is just a tiny sliver of it.
Sharon Hodde Miller is a writer, speaker, pastor's wife, and mom. She earned her PhD on the subject of women and calling. You can read more of her writing at SheWorships.com.