Frequently Asked Questions

1. How does the mentoring program help me gain practical ministry experience?

The mentoring program will partner you with a church or para-church organization where you will be expected to complete “real-life” ministry tasks alongside your theological education.

2. Will the mentoring program partner me with an individual passionate about growing with me in ministry?

Yes, one of the goals of the program is to partner students with mentors in churches and para-church organizations to enhance the ministry of the mentor and the mentee.

3. What distance learning options are available?

Distance learning is encouraged and because of the unique structure of the blackboard assisted class, this program will be available to any NOBTS student studying on the main campus, an extension center, or online.

4. How is a mentoring class structured differently than an online class?

While most of the class work will be turned in online, a mentoring class will offer actual face time sessions with the teacher through video conferences as well as the rich relationship built through meetings with the mentor.

5. Mentor responsibilities vs. Student responsibilities vs. NOBTS responsibilities?

Mentor Responsibilities
  • Meet weekly with the student
  • Complete the mentor training
  • Develop a relationship with the student where he/she can turn for ministry advice
Student Responsibilities
  • Meet weekly with the mentor
  • Complete ministry projects and course assignments
  • Complete the academic requirements for the class he/she is enrolled in
NOBTS Responsibilities
  • Provide an opportunity for mentoring relationships to develop
  • Provide academic instruction for the mentoring classes offered
  • Equip the mentor and mentee with resources to develop their relationship

6. Do I have to be in the mentoring track to take a mentoring class?

No, all NOBTS students are welcome to take mentoring courses.

7. How long does the mentoring relationship last? For one semester, or throughout the duration of all the mentoring courses?

You may take only one mentoring class, or follow the mentoring track and take all the mentoring classes offered. Students are encouraged to remain partnered with their mentor through concurrent courses to build a strong mentoring relationship.

8. Can I choose my own place of ministry/mentor?

Yes, provided the mentor meets basic qualifications. Mentors will be approved through the Mentoring office.

9. Spiritually, what benefits can a mentor provide?

Spiritually, a mentor can be a great asset to you. Mentors provide accountability, discipleship, and wisdom which you can benefit from as you enter into the field of ministry.

10. Educationally, what benefits can a mentor provide?

Not everything about ministry can be learned in a classroom. While the mentor is not responsible for instructing a class, you can learn many lessons simply by watching them or asking for wisdom and advice when needed.

11. How can having a mentor better prepare me for ministry after graduation?

Hopefully, having a mentor will be a lifelong relationship. Throughout your ministry,  you will have opportunities to turn to them when you need encouragement and wisdom.  The wisdom you gain will assist you in sharing your experiences as you mentor those around you.

12. How do I know this program is for me?

This program may be for you if you desire a one-on-one ministry relationship and enjoy learning by doing. The mentoring program at NOBTS will allow you to receive high-quality theological education while developing a life-long mentoring relationship.

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