What does it take to be a Mentor?
If you are interested in offering an Internship opportunity to one of our students, whether for a summer, a semester, or a year, the following qualities are what we are looking for in an approved mentor:
1. A commitment to intentional discipleship and training.
We are looking for mentors who will, above all, model Christ-likeness to students. We want them to see in you what it takes spiritually and personally to be successful in the work they are preparing to enter.
This is why we ask that you spend at least one hour each week with your intern to pray together and talk about the issues that arise in ministry.
2. A willingness to work alongside the Intern.
We want to avoid internships that give too little responsibility (merely "grunt" work), as well as internships that give too much responsibility (like starting a new ministry or serving as the summer youth or children's minister). Instead, the ideal internship opportunity for us is one in which mentors and interns work and serve in the same area of ministry together.
This is why we require our approved site mentors to have 5 years experience in the area of ministry in which the intern is serving.
3. The ability to evaluate the strengths and weaknesses of the Intern.
As an improved site mentor, we ask that you evaluate your interns over a wide range of areas. You will evaluate them in how they work with others, their work habits, and their ability to handle ministry responsibilities. To help you in this process, there are a number of evaluations that you will have to fill out over the course of the internship. We use Google Docs that are sent to both the mentor and the interns email each week to track evaluations. We hope that you will be honest with your interns and help them to understand both their strengths and the areas they need to improve.
This is one of the reasons we do not as a general rule allow a student to serve his/her home congregation or with family members.
4. A Heart for the Kingdom of God.
Having an intern will probably increase your amount of work. It will require patience as you work alongside a student who is relatively inexperienced in ministry. You will have to open up your life (and even perhaps your home) to someone you don't really know. But mentoring students in order to prepare them for ministry is essential if we are to fulfill the Commission of Christ to go into all the world and make disciples.
This is why we are so incredibly thankful for your willingness to take part in OCC’s ministry of "multiplication" so that the harvest fields may have workers and that the entire world may know of and believe in Jesus Christ.