The program of Mentored Relationships for Faith Formation Leaders intends to help leaders gain professional competence, develop practical theological perspectives for teaching and leading, acquire more comprehensive and realistic views of ministry in the Church’s formation ministries. Mentorship attempts to guide the mentee to deeper grasp of one’s vocational identity.
The CT Conference hopes to empower churches to identify gifts of ministry within congregations, develop one’s sense of call, and understand one’s equipment for that particular or unique work.
Mentorship is a new offering, drawing together study, practice and ministry partners for reflection and honing gifts. Faith Formation Mentorship helps practitioners in many roles develop or enhance the skills and practical wisdom required for the church’s ministry of cultivating and nurturing discipleship.
CT UCC Mentored Relationships takes an individualized approach to developing leadership among our Faith Formers. Faith Formation Leaders and Mentors, with the support of a Supervisor, allow Mentees and churches the opportunity to create individualized mentorships that prepare them particularly for the work to which they are called and needed.
Mentorship partners are subject to approval by the Supervisor, Minister of Faith Formation and Leadership, and the Mentorship Team.
There are four essential components to these mentored relationships:
A compensation guideline, number of hours and a few additional expenses are recommended by the CT Conference UCC. All financial arrangements are finalized in covenant between the church and the mentor.
Mentorship Parameter Information
Mentors will be selected and recommended from a wide variety of churches and faith settings. Mentor training will be held at least once in a program year and more often as demand requires.
Mentees bring a diversity of gifts and potential for the teaching ministry of the church:
Adapted by A. Grant (based on YDS Supervised Ministry) and K. Ziel, Minister of Faith Formation and Leadership