The faculty mentor is primarily a consultant, a resource as the teaching ministry student plans a curriculum to be taught to adults in a church setting. We select churches with thriving adult education programs and a pastor or Christian Education director willing to supervise a student devoted only to adult education. The student usually teaches a series during Advent and a series during Lent but may also do retreats or other projects with adults. Two times during the academic year (once each long term) all the students, supervisors, and mentors come together for meetings at the lunch hour in the Private Dining Room of the Mackay Campus Center. There will be three additional teaching ministry seminars required of the students. Supervisors and mentors are invited, but not required, to attend. Mentors are welcome to attend classes when the student is teaching and are encouraged to do so at least once during the student’s placement.
Most students meet once or twice a month with their mentor during the year although it varies and is up to the student to arrange. Mentors are encouraged to participate with the student and site supervisor as learning goals are developed for the placement. Appraisals are written by the student and supervisor, so the mentor does not have any evaluative responsibility. However, mentors are encouraged to offer ongoing feedback to the student to facilitate growth and deepen understanding of the educational process.