Who are the people I will be mentoring?
You’ll be mentoring believers in marketplace roles who are working cross-culturally. Millions of believers are living among the least-reached in places where traditional missionaries could never go. Through their jobs, they connect with those who need Jesus. But most don’t know how to share their faith in the workplace. They need help integrating their faith at work and being missional through their professional responsibilities.
What is the focus of the mentoring relationship?
With Missional Impact’s mentoring program, the current focus is on helping mentees integrate their faith and work. Questions might include:
As you know, life is never completely compartmentalized, and challenges in a mentee’s personal life may bleed into what they experience at work. Feel free to speak into family or cultural issues if you feel comfortable, but also feel free to direct the mentee to other care and training resources through Missional Impact.
How will I be matched with a mentee?
Mentees and mentors mutually decide on the right fit. When someone requests a mentor, we look first at their application and professional background. Then we and select 2-3 potential mentors based on preferred mentoring style, work experience, or other preferences.
Each mentee will have the opportunity to contact these potential mentors for a get- to-know-you interview where the mentor and mentee evaluate chemistry and fit. If both the mentor and mentee agree that it's a good fit, you will work together to develop mutual expectations and ground rules for the mentoring relationship. Both the mentor and mentee 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 mentee have chosen each other, we recommend that you both go through a process of setting expectations on frequency of meeting, boundaries, confidentiality, and goals for mentoring engagement. We have a sample worksheet for mentors that you can use to make sure you and your mentee are aligned in these areas.
Mentoring isn’t a cookie-cutter process. What’s right for you and your mentee may not work for another pair. If your mentee wants significantly more time than you're able to provide, the fit may not be right. It’s important to be open about what you can and can’t do. However, if you don’t have at least an hour of capacity each month, mentoring may not be the right fit for you at this time.
How long will my mentoring relationship last?
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 the mentor and mentee to complete quarterly surveys indicating 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.
What kind of mentor support can I expect?
Training is not required, but we have several good training programs available if you feel a need for it. Several certified coaches are available to help you improve as a mentor.
Whom do I contact if I run into difficulties?
Whether it’s an issue about mentoring in general or a need your mentee has expressed for something beyond the scope of your mentoring, we want to hear from you. At this point, if you are considering becoming a mentor, you can reach us via the contact page. After a personal connection is made on the Missional Impact team, you will have direct access to a mentor supervisor.