Units (Subjects)

Christian Mentoring: Foundations and Dynamics

AQF: 8/9

* Please note: Due to COVID-19, Workshop 1 will be in 'off-campus mode', that is, a mix of online lectures, videos, and interaction with lecturers and fellow students.*

INTENSIVE
PC043-824i/924i

We live in an era when Christian leadership is intensely challenging. It is more important than ever for leaders to find competent support for effective ministry and personal development. Christian mentoring is an intentional 1 to 1 ministry that helps good leaders flourish as thoughtful and secure Christian disciples in the midst of the challenges of ministry and life.

This unit is designed to contribute to your professional and vocational formation in ministry by addressing the concept and practice of Christian mentoring as a specialist area within your ministry. Christian mentoring is a broad and important area of specialised ministry and research that requires accomplished scholarly practitioners to master a significant range of theory and practice. 

We'll focus on three main areas:

  • Biblical, theological and contemporary theoretical perspectives on mentoring;
  • Skills and methods in mentoring;
  • Fieldwork in which you apply your developing competence in one or two mentoring relationships.

Christian Mentoring: Foundations and Dynamics is the first of three successive units which develop Christian mentoring as a specialist area. The other two units are

  • PC021-812i Mentoring Christian Leaders – scheduled for Semester 2 2021.
  • PC022-812i Professional Practice as a Christian Mentor – scheduled for Semester 2 2022.

Together they will build competence for Christian mentoring at an advanced level. By taking these three units for a Graduate Certificate of Divinity, Graduate Diploma of Divinity or Master of Theological Studies you will be qualified for mentoring in a variety of contexts. The principles apply in local and cross-cultural ministry settings, for helping men and women throughout their journeys as disciples. 

Note: In the course of your training as a professional Christian mentor you will also be equipped with knowledge and skill in the related areas of professional supervision and ministry coaching. Highly effective mentors also need to be able to switch modes into the reflective practice of supervision and of the skills training of coaching. 

AQF level: 8/9
Start Date: 13 June 2020
Workshop 1: Monday 13 July  to Thursday 16 July 2020  *now in 'off-campus mode'*
Workshop 2: Friday 11 September 2020
Workshop 3 : Tuesday 20 October 2020
Workshop 4: Monday 11 to Wednesday 13 January 2021
Workshop 5: one day workshop in April 2021 (date to be confirmed)
Workshop 6:  one day workshop in May 2021 (date to be confirmed)
End Date: Wednesday 28 April 2021
Lecturers: Dr Peter Moore, Tim Dyer, Sally Jones
Credit Points:
APC043 = 72hrs - Audit (no assessments) 
PC043-824i = 24cp (2 units) - GCDiv, GDDiv
PC043-924i = 24cp (2 units) - MTS

LEARN MORE ABOUT THE SMBC CHRISTIAN MENTORING PROGRAM

If you have any questions, or would like to apply, please contact us here. 
Note: Application for this course will involve an interview. Some workshops will be in 'residential mode' (COVID-19 restrictions allowing). This unit is conducted in partnership with MEQ.

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