Trilogy is an online training program built to equip present and emerging leaders and is open to both men and women. The time the student spends with their mentor is a significant part of the Trilogy experience. In conjunction with the online teaching, mentoring affords Trilogy students a well-rounded learning experience that will serve them for years to come.
When establishing an effective training program it is important that a mentoring element provide a relational context for accountability and incorporating the teaching into the student’s life. Successful mentoring develops learning into a lifestyle growth process rather than simply the accumulation of knowledge. Without mentoring, the focus would be reduced to the communication of information, which by itself does not prepare a person for leadership. Thus Trilogy seeks to implement a strong mentoring aspect.
Because mentoring relationships are vital to a successful Trilogy experience, students are required to have a local mentor for each course. The following information helps explain and equip those who will be participating as Trilogy mentors. Please take the time to look over all the information carefully: it is important to understand the commitment required of Trilogy mentors.
What is the Context of Mentoring?
It is recommended that mentoring take place because learning is best faciliatated within the context of a group. An individual church leader may be a mentor for more than one Trilogy student and/or for more than one course. In a peer-level learning community, not only is learning enhanced, but also provides the leader/mentor with an opportunity to assess individual gifting within a group context. Learning in the context of a group also reinforces the concept of team and approaching learning, and arriving at the truth, as a group endeavor. (For example, note that ‘you’ in John 14:26, 16:13 are plural). Although a learning community is the preferred environment, mentoring an individual student is also acceptable if that is the present local situation.
How Often Do We Meet?
We recommend that mentors and students meet on a regular schedule and at least once a month, with ongoing follow-up taking place inbetween these times. It is the responsibility of the mentor to maintain an ongoing schedule with those they are mentoring.
What Happens When We Meet?
Although your time mentoring can have a number of different elements, the overall goal remains the same: to provide an environment where open dialogue and learning can take place. Some elements worth incorporating in your times together:
It is clear that accomplishing these things will require more than a one-hour meeting once a month. It is good to recall that mentoring future leaders is a very fruitful investment of time for God’s work to grow in the church and community.