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To join this Discipleship program, you must first take our Christianity Quiz. If you’ve already taken the quiz and submitted the form, we will contact you soon with next steps.
- Are you part of or affiliated with a particular denomination?
In short, no. We don’t represent or promote any particular denomination. Our mentors aren’t screened based on their denomination, so long as they affirm our mentor statement of faith (which defines the essential doctrines we believe are crucial and not open for debate). This statement of faith naturally excludes people of certain denominations from being a mentor, such as Jehovah’s Witness, Mormon’s, etc. People in such denominations may be very spiritual and good people, but they can’t be part of our Christian mentor team. This means your mentor could be a Baptist, Methodist, or of any number of denominations that agree with our statement of faith.
- How do those individuals who request mentoring find out about this program?
There are several potential ways a mentee would find out about our program. One is word of mouth from other mentees and mentors. Also, we will be promoting this through our website as well. Our highly popular Christianity Quiz is where most of our mentees come from. Those scoring lower on the quiz are asked if they would like someone to walk along side them and mentor them into spiritual maturity. Those that are interested then request a mentor. And we are simply matching these people up with people who are more spiritually mature in their faith.
- What are your levels of accountability?
Both mentors and mentees are encouraged to send us feedback throughout the discipleship process. If there are any issues, we contact the parties involved and seek to remedy the situation. If you would like to report any questionable or inappropriate mentor/mentee communications, please use our Contact Us form.
- How long of a commitment can a mentor/mentee expect to make?
Once a mentee is assigned, I would expect the commitment to be reaching out at least once a week to your mentee and/or responding once a week to mentee communications. A typical discipleship relationship could last a few weeks or up to a year depending on what you both decide. The duration is completely up to you.
- How does the mentoring program work?
The mentoring starts via email, but could evolve into phone/chat/face to face if both parties agree. We have a 16 week Discipleship Curriculum that can be used if you prefer more structure.
- Is this a distance-based discipleship program or would I be paired with someone who lived nearby?
Our default position is that it will not be a local face to face type discipleship. So, expect the mentor/mentee to not be near you. However, we will make every effort possible to pair you with someone close to you so that the possibility of a more relational discipleship is at least a possibility if both mentor and mentee agree to take it to that level.
- Is this private/secure?
Will what I share be held in confidence? Yes. All of our mentors must agree to the confidentiality statement. Any information shared will only be between you and your mentor, and possibly a mentor coordinator to maintain appropriate mentor supervision and accountability. Mentors are allowed to seek advice from other mature Christians, but when doing so they are not allowed to seek such advice using any of your personally identifiable information. They would be able to ask someone else, “I have a friend who is struggling with X. What would you suggest in this situation.”
- What is the background of the people mentoring me?
Our mentors come from all backgrounds and denominations. Each has been interviewed to establish a base level of competency as a mentor. A thorough background check is completed for those mentoring teens/students, and references are also obtained. You can expect your mentor to be a good example of the Christian faith lived out. None of our mentors are perfect people, but they have submitted themselves to Christ, and want to glorify God by helping you achieve a deeper relationship with Jesus Christ.
- How many people would I be mentoring?
You should expect to mentor one person at a time. If you can handle more than one, let us know.
- Do you have some “best practice” guidelines?
Yes. We have a discipleship curriculum you can follow or draw from. This allows you and the mentee to be as structured as you want to be, but also allow for flexibility depending on the needs of the mentee.
- Will you or someone else be a point of contact if situations or questions arise that we would want to get a second opinion about?
Sure! You can Contact Us with your questions and we are happy to help. We also encourage you to ask other mature Christians you have come to trust in spiritual matters, so long as the identification of your mentee is not compromised when seeking a second opinion. We recommend the “I have a friend who is going through…” type of question.
- Should the contact (emails, phone, social media) between Mentor and Mentee be limited or will it be encouraged to use as many resources as appropriately possible?
Our discipleship program is email-based. But we encourage you to communicate with your mentee in whatever way works for you both. Feel free to use private chat, skype, facetime, or phone for mentoring as long as your mentee agrees. We prohibit the use of public forms of communication such as twitter or facebook for privacy reasons.
- What is the background of the people being mentored?
It’s safe to assume that each mentee is a self-proclaimed Christian. However, that may or may not be the case. Our purpose is to guide mentees into a deeper relationship with Christ, and that can start with someone who isn’t a Christian as well. This could include seekers and those already in the faith but who are struggling with doubts or unanswered questions.
- Can a Catholic be a mentor in this Discipleship Program? Yes, but please read our FAQ page devoted on this topic. Any discussion on this topic needs to happen on this Catholicism FAQ page.
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