Research and experience both point to the importance of clergy mentoring, particularly in helping those in the early years of ministry. But clergy mentors indicate overwhelmingly that they need more training for their task. And while mentees value the mentoring they receive, they also indicate that their mentors need more resourcing for this important responsibility.
Research and experience both point to the importance of clergy mentoring, particularly in helping those in the early years of ministry.
The Lewis Center for Church Leadership has assembled a collection of video-based resources to assist clergy mentors and those responsible for training clergy mentors. Informed by the Lewis Center’s extensive research on the effectiveness of mentoring programs for those in their first years out of seminary and by the Center’s work on the leadership development needs of younger clergy, these resources are designed to take clergy mentoring to the next level, supplementing but not replacing or repeating resources provided by denominations.
- Taking Clergy Mentoring to the Next Level, Individual Study Version, is designed for clergy mentors who wish to prepare on their own for a ministry of mentoring. The DVD and Resource CD contain video presentations, written resources, and supplementary materials on such topics as biblical and theological foundations for mentoring, mentoring as leadership development, and helping clergy put their personal calling into a larger context. It also gives mentoring best practices through the Lewis Center’s research-based “Ten Commitments of Mentoring.” Click here to learn more or purchase.
- Taking Clergy Mentoring to the Next Level, Group Training Version, is designed for use by denominations and judicatories to train groups of mentors. It contains seven presentation segments in video and PowerPoint versions. Accompanying the DVD is a Resource CD with handouts, discussion exercises, Bible studies, case studies, and other supplementary material. The package includes a facilitator’s guide with a sample training agenda, a planning template, and tips on how to conduct a training event and customize the material to specific needs. Click here to learn more or to purchase.
We are pleased that the training the Lewis Center has developed over years of use in the field is now available broadly to clergy of many denominations who want to provide the best mentoring possible to a new generation of clergy leaders.