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.
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!