Church Leadership Center refers to all of its leaders as mentors and takes a mentoring approach to the facilitation of learning, training, and supervision. Our general definition of a mentor is: Mentoring involves a developmental relationship between a more experienced person (mentor) and a less experienced partner (mentee) or partners (mentees). Through regular interactions (individual, small group, phone, or email), the less experienced partner trusts and applies the mentor’s guidance for gaining perspective, skills, information, and experience. Mentoring may take many different forms and degrees of accountability: formal, non-formal, or informal, small group or one-to-one, structured or unstructured, and direct or indirect. It always aims for a servant-leadership perspective that is consistent with the teaching of Jesus. “Not so with you. Instead, whoever wants to become great among you must be your servant.” (Mark 10:34)
Mentors have accountability or administrative responsibility for a participant and his or her training plan. They have regularly-scheduled accountability meetings with participants. Mentor-mentee meetings may be on a weekly, bi-weekly, or monthly basis, depending upon training plan requirements. Mentors chair the candidate’s Supervisory Team which meets every six months. Mentors are asked to submit progress reports every six months or at least annually.