The formal job description of a mentor is as follows: Mentors are responsible for implementing courses by encouraging and recording student attendance, assisting the students in understanding and working together on the curriculum, overseeing content presentations to the learning group, help students select appropriate ministry projects, tutoring students, and reporting students needs and progress to the Site Coordinator.
The informal reality is that each faculty member or mentor must serve as the students’ cheerleader and coach as well. It is of utmost importance that you encourage your students in their studies and work, affirming their call to ministry, and equipping them to fulfill that call. While we evaluate student performance and grade their assignments, the grades we issue ought never be the focus of our training. Regardless of grades, our students have been summoned by the Most High God to a particular task in their church or ministry. In everything, each faculty member and mentor must them of this call, work and the role God has for them to fulfill in the advancement of the Kingdom. “Success” must be defined in spiritual terms as well–their knowledge of Christ, their mastery of Scripture, their character, their ministry skills, and their testimony to others. (See pages 53 - 58 in your TUMI Mentor Manual for a full description of the Role, Profile, and Responsibilities of a TUMI Mentor.)