This process hinges on intentional mentorship. This is an “apprentice” style of education, where the launchable leader is learning on simply through reading texts and writing papers, but by working out the various domains in collaboration with their mentor. There is an entire “unwritten curriculum” that exists simply within the relationships between the Launchable Leader and the mentor. So invite them into ministry! Give them opportunities to do real hands-on ministry work, always with the aim to coach them through it. While this process works best if mentors and LL’s are at the same local church, and therefore within close proximity, there may be times where they are not in the same context. If this is the case, then please maintain consistent contact through at least one “small” check in (email, text, etc.) and one “big” check in (zoom, facetime, phone, face-to-face) per month. Remember, the quality of the mentor relationship is just as important as the curriculum!
Here are some points of connection for the mentor and the Launchable Leader:
Content - Dialoguing about what the leader is learning in the modules, as well as adjusting
or adding assignments that the mentor deems necessary for the successful completion of the capstone assessment. One of the primary responsibilities of the mentor is to help the leader produce an acceptable capstone assessment.
Coaching - This is the play by play walkthrough of a tangible ministry or leadership skill that one is trying to get a grasp of. This could look like a variety of things: walkthrough of a hypothetical scenario, brainstorming ways to walk through a real life ministry situation, and discussing how the things the student is learning are relevant for ministry today.
Constructive Feedback - Offer feedback on content assignments that help the leader do their best work and achieve the desired outcomes.
Critical Reflection - Ask open ended questions that can help a leader think through how they are integrating the things they are learning into ministry practice.
Candor - At times there are honest but challenging things that need to be communicated to a Launchable Leader. Candor is a willingness to speak the honest truth in love for the redemptive outcome of helping the person be more self aware and capable as a leader and pastor.
Challenge - Challenge the person to think through and critically examine potential new ministry methods and solutions. The goal here is help them take ownership in their own development and in the development of their ministry area.
Celebration - what are they doing well that can be celebrated and encouraged. What gets celebrated gets replicated.