Northwest utilizes mentoring in all of our CBTE programs. In these programs, students are provided with a mentor team of at least two people. Each mentor joins the team with a specific perspective and focus but all mentor fulfill the same role and are full members of the team. The mentor team works together to guide the student through their program and assess their progress.
The mentor role includes 5 important roles:
- Provide life-on-life direction in the holistic development of the student (character, skill, knowledge) toward achieving the program outcomes.
- Engage with the student to provide feedback on their work and guide them toward demonstrated mastery of competencies.
- Coach the student to become a well-rounded leader by broadening & deepening their perspectives and practices, and growing curiosity.
- Assign learning activities appropriate to the credential that bridge competency gaps in a manner suited to the student’s context.
- Assess mastery of competencies and record evidence supporting that assessment in the learning platform.
Each mentor team will include at least a ministry mentor and an academic mentor.
Qualifications and Expertise:
Five years of ministry experience. This is the mentor that will interact in person with the student the most. Often times they are the student's supervisor in their ministry context.
The ministry mentor will have the best insight in helping the student connect their work in the ministry context with the program assignments. They will also have the most insight into how the student will fulfill the practical aspects of the program.
To their local church and to program management team.
Qualifications and Expertise:
Either a graduate (for mentoring in undergraduate programs) or doctoral (for mentoring in graduate programs) degree in a field related to biblical, theological, or ministry studies. The faculty mentor brings a breadth and depth of theological and biblical concepts. The faculty mentor is also a member Northwest faculty holding at least adjunct faculty status.
The faculty mentor will often be the one with the most interaction around critical reading and research assignments. They will want to challenge the student to think more deeply and consider perspectives that they disagree with. They will help the student organize their thoughts and answer objections before they are raised.
But keep in mind, the faculty mentor still cares about the student’s holistic development. They may have a particular bent towards training students to think, but they still want to see them develop in character and skill.
Northwest Seminary Dean's office
In addition to the ministry and faculty mentors, most mentor teams also include a network or Northwest mentor. Additionally, sometimes a field mentor is also provided to the student. These various mentor structures are employed based on the needs of the program, the student, and their context.
The mentor teams that support, guide, and assess learners in Northwest's CBTE programs are the single greatest strength of the program ... but they also have the potential to be the greatest weakness”
- Kajle Radbourne, Associate Director of Operations