About Training & Mentoring for Mentors
So it seems you are considering being a mentor to one of our seminary students. Thank you for that commitment. We all need mentors in life and the fact that you are willing to serve in this way is greatly appreciated. Denver Seminary considers this mentorship/apprenticeship an integral part of the seminary experience; in fact, it is part of our DNA.
We know you are busy and need to know what will be expected of you, so here it is. Your primary role as a mentor is to be a relational source of learning, challenge, and encouragement. This usually involves meeting weekly or bi-weekly with a student throughout the semester. Your student will develop a personal learning plan to address a growth need in their character development and/or their practical ministry skills. You can be a guiding voice in helping students identify their learning needs and learning strategies on those plans. In this process, you may be helping them grapple through deep issues of character or something quite practical like understanding how to manage volunteers in a parachurch environment. As you speak into their lives in a personal and practical way, your mentoring relationship will help them develop holistically as they prepare for their life and service beyond seminary.
We’ll explain more of the whys and whats of mentoring a student in a brief orientation we’d like each new mentor to attend. As part of our gratitude, we’ll offer you a couple of “mentor perks” – a Seminary library card and the ability to audit classes for a small registration fee. (Course audits are limited to space available, one per semester, and your student must be enrolled in a T/M course during that semester).
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