Before you complete the application process, you will enlist a Mentor to work with you during your Mentoring semester. Your Mentor is responsible for familiarizing themself with the program requirements of the seminary and educating the church, ministry, agency, or institution about the significance of the opportunity.
The Mentor will also guide you in preparing a learning syllabus and will enter into a signed covenant with you. The Mentor meets weekly with you during the mentoring experience, assists you in forming a Site Team, and participates in the Site Team meetings. The Mentor provides you and your Professor of Record with written evaluations of your progress at mid-term and after your mentoring experience.
Mentors should be selected using the following criteria as a guideline:
- Education. The Mentor should hold a Master of Divinity (M.Div.) degree from a seminary accredited by the American Association of Theological Schools or equivalent academic training in their field.
- Experience. The Mentor should have significant ministerial experience in the ministry field in which s/he is mentoring a Student.
- Competence. The Mentor must have displayed a ministry life of competence in the ministry field in which s/he is mentoring a Student.
- Compatibility. The Mentor must agree with the educational goals of the George W. Truett Theological Seminary.
- Doctrine. The Mentor must hold doctrinally compatible positions with the scriptural, theological, and ministerial positions of the George W. Truett Theological Seminary.
- Spirituality. The Mentor must have demonstrated a mature and spiritual ministerial life.
- Teaching. The Mentor must have both a desire and the ability to teach/mentor a Student in the blessings, rigors, knowledge, and experience of ministerial life. The Mentor must be willing to demonstrate personally how ministry is done and spend significant time with the Student for the sake of the Student’s education and future ministry.
If you have questions about a potential Mentor’s qualifications or need to locate a qualified Mentor, contact the Mentoring Office (Truett_Mentoring@baylor.edu).