Dissertation/Thesis Abstract

Developing a Mentoring Process in the Local Church Context for Those Sensing a Call to Vocational Ministry
by Jones, Mark Wayne, D.Min., Assemblies of God Theological Seminary, 2019, 265; 13806474
Abstract (Summary)

Assemblies of God USA statistics on credentialed ministers reveal an aging ministerial membership as well as a decline in the number of ministers under the age of forty—a trend that needs reversing. To address this problem, this project implements a mentoring process at Raleigh First Assembly in Raleigh, North Carolina for those sensing a call to vocational credentialed ministry. Experienced, credentialed ministers connect with thirteen ministry candidates for a six-month mentoring relationship to explore calling and provide direction in walking mentees through the steps of fulfilling their calling.

This project builds a solid biblical foundation for the mentoring process, which affirms both God’s calling to ministry and individuals’ responses to it. Further, the project’s research of contemporary literature reveals that effective mentoring requires both relationship and intentionality for mentee transformation. A survey of new credential applicants in the past five years also reinforces the need for mentoring.

The resulting impact of the project brings together ministry candidates in relationship with experienced ministers, providing reciprocal benefits to both mentors and mentees. Further, the project demonstrates that a connection of an emerging leader with a seasoned mentoring minister within an equipping and empowering community remains critical to their ongoing development and long-term sustained impact.

Indexing (document details)
Advisor: Stewart, Michael, Clark, David G.
Commitee: Battaglia, John, Gill, Debbie, Medina, Vince, Olena, Lois, Vick, J. P., Walls, Randy
School: Assemblies of God Theological Seminary
Department: Ministry Department
School Location: United States -- Missouri
Source: DAI-A 80/08(E), Dissertation Abstracts International
Subjects: Clergy, Religious education
Keywords: Calling, Credentialed, Intentionality, Mentoring, Vocational ministry
Publication Number: 13806474
ISBN: 978-1-392-00833-1
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