Q: What does “mentoring” mean in the context of Trinity’s Mentoring Groups?
A: We like to use the definition from the book Spiritual Mentoring by Anderson & Reese: “The spiritual mentor is one who comes alongside another for a period of time, brief or extended, in partnership with the Holy Spirit, for the explicit task of nurturing spiritual formation in the life of the mentee.”
Q: How is the year framed? Is there a specific curriculum?
A: A year of group mentoring is divided into seven movements, which address the following guiding questions:
- What has formed me and why do I seek transformation?
- What is the “good life” and where do I start in order to “get there”?
- What are the core strengths and weaknesses of my personality, and what makes me thrive?
- How do I harness the help that comes from the Holy Spirit?
- What does it look like to surrender my expectations and my pain?
- What does it mean that my transformation is “for the sake of others”?
- How do I sustain the good life?
The group will pull from various pre-selected resources as they walk through this roadmap together.
Q: How are mentors selected?
A: Mentors are trusted and known members of the Trinity community and are required to complete an exhaustive application that assists our pastoral team in discerning their fit and readiness for mentoring.
Q: How are mentees selected?
A: Folks who are interested in being mentored in a Mentoring Group are required to complete an application that assists our pastoral team in discerning their level of commitment to a year-long process as well as the alignment of their expectations with what the Mentoring Groups are designed to provide.
Q: How are mentors and mentees matched?
A: The applications for both mentors and mentees are designed in such a way that will greatly assist our pastoral team with the pairing process. We also trust the wisdom of the Holy Spirit and the guiding power of prayer as we engage the pairing process.
Q: How often are new Mentoring Groups starting?
A: New Mentoring Groups will launch twice a year, with the next launch coming in winter 2019.
**The application deadline for the winter 2019 launch is December 2, 2018.**
Q: Can I request to be paired with a specific mentee(s) or mentors?
A: We are encouraging both mentors and mentees to give us preferences for pairing if they have them, although we cannot guarantee that everyone’s preferences will be satisfied.
Q: What if I can’t make the twice-per-month commitment? Is there room for flexibility?
A: We are asking folks who are interested in Mentoring Groups—both mentors and mentees alike—to consider very carefully their margins and competing commitments. The success of Mentoring Groups—as they have been designed and will be supported by Trinity staff—requires a firm commitment by both mentors and mentees throughout the yearlong process. Having stated this, however, we will never discourage folks from meeting together to grow and learn, and we will happily share the Mentoring Groups curriculum with anyone who is interested in implementing it in some other kind of meeting format. These hybrid meetings will just fall outside the umbrella of Trinity staff support and training.
Q: Outside of the two monthly meetings, what is my time commitment?
A: Preparation for each meeting will typically involve reflecting on short readings or a podcast, or practice of a specific spiritual discipline. Plan to budget 60 – 90 minutes for meeting prep. Additionally, within the first couple of months of meeting, the Mentoring Group will gather together for one-day or overnight retreat.
If you have any further questions about Mentoring Groups after reading this FAQ, please do not hesitate to reach out to Jason Faulkner. Thank you!