This course introduces students to the principles and practices of mentoring for spiritual leadership. The class readings, presentations, discussions, and exercises focus on the question: how can mentoring form healthy staff and leadership relationships for effective ministry for today’s church? The biblical examples of Jesus and the apostle Paul as well as a careful study of the historical models that have been employed throughout the history of the church will shape this course. A critical theme that further undergirds this experiential learning is the role of the Holy Spirit in mentoring. Further, the principles of contemplative listening and discernment will guide students in developing methods for companioning others. Special emphasis will be devoted to cultivating the skills of mentoring in various ministry contexts including one-on-one, meetings, small groups, and leading worship.
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students will do a project that relates to their ministry of mentoring and spiritual leadership. Details about this project will be discussed during the week in class.
Sample Readings From This Course May Include:
Boneventure. The Character of a Christian Leader, trans. Philip O’Mara. Servant Books, 1978.
Fryling, Robert A. The Leadership Eclipse: Shaping How We Lead By Who We Are. InterVarsity Press, 2010.
Liebert, Elizabeth. The Way of Discernment: Spiritual Practices for Decision Making. Westminster John Knox Press, 2008.
Ward, Benedicta. The Sayings of the Desert Fathers. Cistercian Publications, 1975.
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