DBMD Mentors

On behalf of the District Board of Ministerial Development (DBMD) in Wisconsin, I would like to thank you for engaging as a mentor to a developing minister in the Wesleyan Church.

What are we asking mentors to do? Each emerging minister needs a guide along the way. They have questions, you have insight. You see deficiencies in their lives and you get to speak into those areas of their lives. Jesus called it making disciples.

How often do mentors need to connect with the mentee? The best mentors both initiate conversations as well be available for when the mentee needs to talk. Each situation is different. Some mentors are in the same city and often at the same church as their mentees. Other mentors are some distance away from their mentees. I’m assuming the mentors that are in close proximity will meet more than 2 times per year. And I’m assuming that a long distance mentorship might only connect a couple of times per year.

What kind of conversations do mentors need to have with their mentees? The WI DBMD has created a list of 11 identifiable attributes we feel are necessary for a competent and potent pastor. You can find the list of “identifiable attributes” here. Conversations can be centered around these 11 categories as well as anything else that might be pertinent to the mentee.

How does a mentor let the DBMD know how the mentee is doing? Every spring, the DBMD meets to review the ministerial candidates in the queue. We connect with each candidate’s mentor to see how they are doing. We get a mentor’s input through a form based on the 11 identifiable attributes. That form gets sent to the members of the DBMD prior to the spring meeting so we can continue to chart the candidate’s progress and make decisions accordingly.

Who is my mentee? Click here for a list of the current mentors and mentees. Current lists are always difficult to maintain. If there are any corrections that need to be made, please inform me here.

If you have any more questions about mentoring an aspiring minister, feel free to contact me here.

Thank you for investing in the lives of potential and current pastors!

Please do not use this form until Spring of 2016. Thanks!

Mentor Evaluation Form // Spring 2016

This form has been developed to facilitate the evaluation by the Wisconsin District Board of Ministerial Development (DBMD) of the various ministerial candidates experiences in relation to the core attributes expected to be present in Wisconsin Wesleyan pastors.

Mentor Name (required)

Mentor Email (required)

Mentee Name (required)

Describe your relationship w/ the mentee

Personal Spiritual Formation

Displays a growing, intimate relationship with God that permeates the development of their core self, family life, and ministry. This should include evidence of a daily prayer life, personal devotions, and Bible study.

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Ministry Calling

Strives to understand and articulate who they are and where God can best use them in Kingdom work. Actively pursues discerning God’s specific calling for them in full-time ministry.

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Healthy Relationships

Is able to maintain healthy relationships with those closest to them and demonstrates the ability to form healthy relationships with new acquaintances. Exhibits the ability to be a team-player with others in Kingdom work.

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Personal Integrity

Is able to be tactful, maintain confidences, and foster ethical practices; practices humility and gives proper credit to others; handles all situations honestly; takes measures to protect personal purity.

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Leadership Development

Demonstrates growing abilities in vision casting, recruiting individuals, building teams, project planning, and strategy formation.

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Outreach Passion and Skills

Displays an ability to build personal relationships in order to share the gospel of Jesus Christ with others. Demonstrates an understanding of the various outreach structures currently available in the church and a willingness to create additional outreach avenues when needed.

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Discipleship Passion and Skills

Displays a growing ability to disciple new believers and create opportunities for people at all stages of spiritual maturity to experience continued growth.

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Worship Passion and Skills

Is able to clearly and passionately present information through spoken or written words; displays Biblically anointed teaching; demonstrates the desire to create an atmosphere where people can experience God in spirit and truth.

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Love for People Passion and Skills

Expresses a deep desire to be a servant leader. Demonstrates the desire and improving skills needed to develop people into ministry teams that serve others (both within and outside of the church) with the love and compassion of Jesus Christ.

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Community Building Passion and Skills

Displays a growing understanding of the structure and the life of the church so that people can develop a “family of God” feeling; creates opportunities for all people to “belong”.

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Doctrinal Understanding and Fluency

Demonstrates an improving, solid understanding of Wesleyan theology that can be clearly presented to people with varying degrees of doctrinal knowledge.

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Overall Impressions and Comments

Any additional information about the mentee that would be helpful for the DBMD to know.

Impressions and Comments