Imagine the opportunity to extend your skills as a mentor and learn new ways to develop others for service in mission

This rewarding and innovative programme will provide you with practical training and resources to succeed as a Christian mentor.

The training extends over eight months allowing time for you to put into practice the ideas and resources provided and to reflect on this practice for deep, lasting learning. This experience involves three weekend workshops, each separated by about four months, with mentoring practice and personal supervision sessions in between.

Every participant is required to be engaged in at least one real mentoring relationship with another person and to keep a personal, confidential journal to reflect on their mentoring experience. That real mentoring relationship will be the context in which the instruction gained in the workshops is put into practice.

In this way you will develop and strengthen your mentoring skills, moving beyond education to build real-life competency in mentoring ministry. You will gain a fresh perspective on how Christian mentoring works, learning how to identify and promote the work of the Holy Spirit in others’ lives.

Leading the training programme is Dr Rick Lewis, author of the best-selling book, Mentoring Matters. He has over 30 years experience in mentoring Christian leaders in many parts of the world. Rick is assisted by several co-trainers, each with several years of practical mentoring experience.

Rick Lewis

“I’m passionate about mentoring and the potential it has to prepare and strengthen disciples for leadership in mission. Training others for this ministry is a rich and joyful experience as together we learn fresh approaches to discerning how God is working in a person’s life and how to encourage them to respond faithfully. Whether you are an experienced mentor looking to sharpen and diversify your skills or just starting out in mentoring ministry, I’m confident you will find this training to be stimulating, accessible and practical. As a bonus, your own spiritual growth will be enriched.” Rick Lewis

The aims of the training are to provide practical training as a spiritual mentor; to move beyond education to build competency in mentoring ministry; and to apply training materials to current mentoring partnerships of trainees.

What’s included?

Non-residential programmes include training, personal supervision sessions during the eight months, the core textbook and access to power points. This programme mode does not cover main meals and accommodation. If you will need overnight accommodation we encourage you to make these arrangements in advance. Cost: £185

Residential programmes include training, personal supervision sessions during the eight months, the core textbook, access to power points PLUS times of corporate worship and all accommodation and meals during workshops. Cost: £460

Are you Interested?

We currently have places available for mentor training in:

Manchester, Salford Quays, Manchester (Non-residential)

Montford St, Salford Quays M50 2RP

Workshop dates (all three required)

19-20 January 2018    Friday 19:30 to 21:30 and Saturday 09:00 to 16:30

8-9 June 2018         Friday 19:30 to 21:30 and Saturday 09:00 to 16:30

21-22 September 2018            Friday 19:30 to 21:30 and Saturday 09:00 to 16:30

For more information contact: marketing@formission.org.uk

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Workshop details

Foundations for Christian Mentoring

  • Understanding mentoring in relation to other means of personal growth
  • The value and relevance of mentoring in the contemporary context
  • Overview of the mentoring cycle
  • Biblical basis for mentoring
  • Creating an effective mentoring environment
  • Getting organised for mentoring
  • How to discern the most relevant issues

Applying Mentoring Tools and Methods

  • The place of goal setting in mentoring
  • Helping people construct their own action steps
  • Employing prayer and the Bible in mentoring
  • Questioning and listening skills
  • Using reflective writing in mentoring

Developing Mentoring Skills

  • Varieties of types and styles of mentoring
  • Providing positive accountability
  • Issues in mentoring leaders
  • The mentor as change agent
  • Personal development paths for mentors and mentorees
The programme employs four processes that combine to comprise an effective training structure:
A)Instruction, received by participants at three workshops spread over nine months and through their reading of the core text book.
B) Action, as every participant is required to be engaged in a real mentoring relationship with another person. This mentoring relationship will be the context in which the instruction gained in the workshops is put into practice.
C) Reflection, through keeping a journal about the experience of mentoring, noting what is and is not effective, how God is working and the personal impact of mentoring on the mentor.
D) Supervision, as each participant has an online session with a skilled mentor between workshops to discuss how their practice of mentoring is developing. Participants are not required to sit an exam or write an essay, but are expected to engage thoughtfully and energetically in each of these four processes.

“Whenever Rick has taught our students they have found him challenging, engaging and inspiring…This has been true of day events and three-day events. Rick has the exceptional gift of being able to draw on his own practice and experience and communicate what he has learned in ways that ministerial students can grasp and make use of.” Stephen Finamore, Principal, Bristol Baptist College, United Kingdom