FAQs

  1. How do I start the mentoring process?
  2. How do I find out about mentoring opportunities?
  3. How do I select my Professor of Record?
  4. How do I select a mentor?
  5. How many credit hours do I select for mentoring?
  6. What if I am already serving on church staff?
  7. What if I am already serving as a pastor?
  8. What if I want to do my mentorship in a field that is not referenced?
  9. I am a dual degree student in social work (M.Div./MSW), how do I fulfill the mentoring requirements?
  10. Can I complete the mentoring requirements by taking a unit of Clinical Pastoral Education (CPE)?
  11. I'm preparing for military chaplaincy. Can that be tied to my mentoring experience?
  12. What if I am interested in an international mentorship opportunity?
  13. What should my Mentoring Portfolio contain?
  14. How do I submit my Mentoring Portfolio?


1. How do I start the mentoring process?

Please visit the Getting Started page for more information.

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2. How do I find out about mentoring opportunities?

Please visit the Mentoring Opportunities page for more information.

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3. How do I select my Professor of Record?

You may request any tenured professor or senior lecturer on the Truett faculty to serve as Professor of Record for your mentoring experience, regardless of their field. Your Professor of Record will work with you in developing an approved reading list and finalizing approval of your Mentoring Syllabus before you register for Mentoring. If you are doing your mentoring during the summer semester, you must have your selection of Professor of Record approved by the Mentoring Office prior to submitting your application. Please visit the Professors of Record page for more information.

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4. How do I select a mentor?

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 him/herself 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 at the conclusion of 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 be in stated agreement 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 a significant amount of 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, please contact the Mentoring Office.

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5. How many credit hours do I select for mentoring?

The "V" in the course number indicates that the hours are "variable." Here is what you need to know in registering for the course:
  • If you began your work at Truett before the Fall of 2011, you may elect not to take the prerequisite MENT 7300 and register for 12 credit hours in MENT 7V00. This will require approval from the Associate Dean's office, since the default on the registration site is set for 9 hours.
  • If you are an M.Div. only, M.Div./M.M., or M.Div./MBA student and have completed MENT 7300 (Introduction to Mentoring), you should register for 9 credit hours.
  • If you are an Advanced Standing M.Div./MSW student, you should register for 11 credit hours in the Spring in connection with SWO 5790 (Advanced Internship III).
  • If you are an M.Div./MSW student, who is not Advanced Standing, you should register for 5 credit hours in the Fall and 6 credit hours in the Spring semesters of your third year while enrolled in SWO 5491 (Foundation Internship I) and SWO 5492 (Foundation Internship II).
  • If you are an MACM student, you should register for 6 credit hours.
  • MTS students are not required to take MENT 7V00.

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6. What if I am already serving on church staff?

Some students have chosen to take a leave of absence from their congregation during their mentoring experience in order to take advantage of particular opportunities. Others choose to mentor "in place." This will look a bit different in each case. Some serving as minister to students, for example, and following a call into that same ministry beyond seminary, might find a more experienced student minister in another congregation to serve as their Mentor and will continue their work with their own students while meeting regularly with their Mentor for reflection on their work and experiences. They will also design learning experiences that will take them out of their own congregation to see that work done in other places.

Others, although serving in a staff position, are following a call into pastoral ministry. These students will work with their own pastor to see if it is possible to engage some ministry experiences during that semester that take them beyond their normal staff responsibilities. We discourage your asking your pastor or supervisor to serve as your Mentor, however, since this can become a conflict of interest. The Mentor should be concerned about you, not about your performance. Consequently, an experienced pastor outside your congregation would be sought to serve as Mentor.

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7. What if I am already serving as a pastor?

If you are still rather new in pastoral ministry, you will find an experienced pastor in another congregation (or perhaps a retired pastor in your own) who is qualified to serve as your mentor. You will do your work in your own church as usual, but will design some learning experiences that will give you an opportunity to observe how things are done in other, perhaps larger, congregations. You will engage in reflective conversations about your work and experiences with your Mentor each week.

Occasionally quite experienced pastors return to seminary to complete their education. When appropriate, their mentoring requirements are fulfilled by completing a congregational research project in their own setting, working with a Mentor to provide reflection on the experience.

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8. What if I want to do my mentorship in a field that is not referenced?

The question you must ask is "What do I believe I am called to in ministry?" If that is something other than congregational ministry, then we want you to design a ministry experience as close to that calling as possible. The Director of Pastoral Ministries will think this through with you. Students have often designed creative responses to integrating their calling and their mentoring experience. Please contact the Mentoring Office for more information.

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9. I am a dual degree student in social work (M.Div./MSW), how do I fulfill the mentoring requirements?

M.Div./MSW students will take 11 hours of MENT 7V00. Simply complete the online application process in order to obtain a permit to register for MENT 7V00. You do not need to develop a Mentoring Syllabus.

Advanced Standing students will register for 11 hours of MENT 7V00 in connection with Advanced Internship III (SWO 5790). Those who are not Advanced Standing will take MENT 7V00 in connection with their Foundation Internship I (SWO 5491) in the Fall and Foundation Internship II (SWO 5492) in the Spring (five semester hours in the fall and six in the spring).

At the end of SWO 5491, you will submit your Field Supervisor's final evaluation to the Director of Pastoral Ministries. At the end of SWO 5492 you will turn in to the Director of Pastoral Ministries your portfolio including all materials submitted for SWO 5491 and 5492. Advanced Standing students will include in the portfolio all materials submitted for SWO 5790. In addition, your mentoring portfolio will contain other items outlines in Appendix I of the Mentoring Handbook.

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10. Can I complete the mentoring requirements by taking a unit of Clinical Pastoral Education (CPE)?

Yes. Students interested in pastoral care or hospital chaplaincy often fulfill their mentoring requirements in this way. You must first apply and be accepted into a qualified CPE program, such as the one offered at Hillcrest Baptist Medical Center. Then complete the online mentoring application in order to receive a permit to register for MENT 7V00. You do not need to submit a Mentoring Syllabus.

In addition to doing all the work required in the CPE program, you will submit to the Director of Pastoral Ministries a portfolio including a variety of items outlined in Appendix H of the Mentoring Handbook.

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11. I'm preparing for military chaplaincy. Can that be tied to my mentoring experience?

Yes. You may fulfill your MENT 7V00 requirement by being in a Military Chaplaincy Training Program (Air Force, Army, Navy). You need not submit a Mentoring Syllabus. Once the training course is scheduled, simply complete the online mentoring application to receive a permit to register for MENT 7V00. In addition to completing all the work required by the training program, you will present to the Director of Pastoral Ministries a portfolio including a variety of items outlined in Appendix J of the Mentoring Handbook. You will ask the Director of your training program to email a grade recommendation to the Director of Pastoral Ministries at the end of your training.

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12. What if I am interested in an international mentorship opportunity?

If you plan to mentor internationally you must begin the process of placement with a lead-time of at least 90 days in order to complete the necessary arrangements and paperwork. Please visit Baylor University's Center for International Education webpage and follow the instructions provided for International Internships.

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13. What should my Mentoring Portfolio contain?

Your Mentoring Portfolio is the accumulation (preferably in digital form) of your assignments from your mentoring experience, as well as a few items prepared during MENT 7300.

You will gather the various files into a single folder, compress that folder, and submit your portfolio. Your portfolio, when compressed, may not exceed 10 MB, and should include the following items:
  • The approved syllabus
  • The learning covenant between the Mentor and the Student
  • An autobiography/call statement.
  • A theological reflection and analysis of the ministry context
  • The fulfillment of all items in the appropriate Ministry Competency Checklist
  • The case study reflection
  • Critical reviews of books and/or articles included in the required reading approved by the Professor of Record
  • A reflection on the meetings with the Site Team
  • The mid-term and final evaluations of the Student's mentoring experience submitted by the Mentor
  • The daily ministry journal
  • Five-year goals, a course of action for achieving them, and a prospective reading list to support them
  • A written comprehensive reflection and evaluation of the entire mentoring experience
  • Other items the Student or Professor of Record decides to include in the portfolio to document the experience
If you are completing your mentoring requirements as an M.Div./MSW student, through Clinical Pastoral Education (CPE), or military chaplaincy training, prepare your portfolio according to the instructions in the appropriate appendix of the Mentoring Handbook.

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14. How do I submit my Mentoring Portfolio?

Here's how to submit the portfolio.
  1. Compress your Mentoring Folder portfolio (WinZip or Mac compression) into a zip file. It must be smaller than 10 megabytes.
  2. Go to Truett Mentoring website. (http://www.truettseminary.net/)
  3. Click "Current Student" on left
  4. Clink "Quicklinks for Student" in the pop up window.
  5. Click "Mentoring notebook submission form" near center of the page
  6. Complete information form (use LastName_FirstName as the title of your notebook.
  7. Click "Choose file" to select your zip file.
  8. Click "submit."
  9. You may repeat this if you discover you have a reason to update the file. It will be time/date stamped, so we will know which is the most recent.

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