In Mentored Practice, the Mentor is the key to the student’s success.
Effective mentors are usually fully experienced pastors or experienced ministers in other settings who give generously of their time and expertise to help a Master of Divinity student grow in competence and confidence. Rewards for the Mentor can be enormous, including the joy of teaching and coaching a fully engaged seminary student and that student’s genuine enrichment of the ministry setting.
experience in and comfort with theological reflection;
three years’ experience in the type of ministry, if not the site, of the student’s prospective ministry (ordination is preferred, but not a necessary qualification);
résumé or profile provided to Dr. Steve Lewis upon entry into the program; these are kept on file for students to peruse;
"In the weekly mentored practice seminar, students have the opportunity to reflect together on their experiences at the mentored practice site (a local church or other setting where God’s work is being done). Each student has a mentor with whom they work, learning by using elements of the action/reflection model.
Even though Eli came up woefully short on the qualities we look for in mentors, he did for Samuel what we hope mentors will do for our students at BTS: help them to recognize the voice of God in their respective ministries. Theological reflection on the practice of ministry is a crucial tool for students in this process and is conducted both with their mentor and with their colleagues in the seminar. In previous years, mentors have grown in their own ministry through this experience, and students have come to know themselves and their gifts immeasurably better through this pivotal piece of seminary education."