What kind of person will be mentoring me?
The mentors we recruit are seasoned professionals who have excelled in their own personal journey of bringing their faith into the workplace. It's important that they also have coaching or mentoring experience. Our mentors are people who have a heart for helping expatriates like you be effective. Many, but not all, have experience working internationally.
What is Missional Impact?
Missional Impact is a collaborative engine that equips international churches and marketplace professionals to integrate their faith with all of life in cross-cultural settings.
What is the focus of the mentoring relationship?
With Missional Impact’s mentoring program, the current focus is on helping mentees like you integrate their faith with their work. In particular, your mentor can help you:
As you know, life is never completely compartmentalized, and challenges in your personal life may seep into what you experience at work. Your mentor may speak into family or cultural issues if they feel comfortable, but they may also direct you to other care and training resources through Missional Impact. If you're facing issues that go beyond what your mentor can provide, please let us know, and we can connect you with additional help.
How will I be matched with a mentor?
Mentees and mentors mutually decide on the right fit. After you request mentoring, we will first look at your application and professional background. Then we will select 2-3 potential mentors based on your preferred mentoring style, work experience, or other preferences.
You will have the opportunity to contact these potential mentors for a get-to-know-you interview where you and the mentor evaluate chemistry and fit. If both of you decide that it is a good fit, you will work together to develop mutual expectations and ground rules for the mentoring relationship. Either you or the mentor can decide at any point if the relationship does not feel like the right match.
What kind of time commitment will mentoring require?
After you and a mentor decide that you are a good fit, we recommend that you go through a process of setting expectations on frequency of meeting, boundaries, confidentiality, and goals for mentoring engagement. We have a sample worksheet that you can use to make sure you are on the same page about these questions.
Mentoring isn’t a cookie-cutter process. What’s right for you and your mentor may not work for another pair. If you want significantly more time than your mentor is able to provide, the fit may not be right. It’s important to be open about what you can and can’t do.
As with time commitment, the length of a mentoring relationship will vary based on the needs and preferences of each mentor/mentee pair. As part of the mentoring engagement, Missional Impact asks you and your mentor to complete quarterly surveys that indicate how you are tracking toward your goals. These surveys are intended to spark dialogue about whether the mentoring engagement has achieved its goals or whether there is still reason to continue.
Whom do I contact if I run into difficulties?
Whether it’s an issue about mentoring in general or something beyond the scope of your mentoring, we want to hear from you. At this point, if you are considering becoming a mentee, you can reach us at via our contact page. After a personal connection is made on the Missional Impact team, you will have direct access to a mentor supervisor. ●