This was the very first Seminary course I took in the winter of 2013. At the time, it was offered as a Distance Learning package. It was the only course I took at the time, so I was able to proceed in a relaxed way, and even read some extra books on the topic.
Why did I pick this one first? Perhaps I knew that I was interested in discipleship and building up others, and it seemed a good place to start.
Work Load: medium. A fair bit of reading, but I found it enjoyable.
Biblical Foundations: (30%)
We were to read Acts, 1 & 2 Corinthians, 1 & 2 Timothy, and Titus in search of coaching and mentoring processes used by the early church. From there, we had to put together a personal philosophy of coaching and mentoring (8-10 pages)
Interaction (no mark)
At the time, Distance Learning students had to post comments on a discussion forum called the Grapevine. I had to make a couple of new posts, and respond to a couple of other people’s posts.
Personal Reflection (15%)
Connecting lays out a spectrum of mentoring relationships, everything from intensive disciplers and guides, to occasional teachers or sponsors, to passive mentors, be them contemporary or historical. Information is included on The Constellation Model (think several directions in an organization- upward, downward, internal, external), and Peer mentoring.
Leadership Passages describes several experiences that can significantly shape a leader; such as stretch assignments, cross culture experiences, being passed over for promotion, assuming reponsibility for a business, etc. The book also describes how to use these sorts of experiences to develop leaders.
After reading Connecting and Leadership Passages, we had to write a 6-8 page paper reflecting on our personal experience with mentoring or being mentored. Personal reflection papers are easy to write, since other than the assigned textbooks and my own memory, there isn’t any additional research I would need to do.
I especially liked the Leadership Passages book, as it had so many new concepts I had not considered before.
Literature Review (20%)
Mentoring Leaders. It is one thing to mentor someone. But it is quite another to mentor a leader who leads (or will lead) others. Pue presents a matrix for how to go about this.
As Iron Sharpens Iron was written for a Promise Keepers event, so is directed at men (but is applicable to women). The book lays out the mentor-protegé relationship and the benefits thereof.
Masterful Coaching serves as a sort of manual for executive coaches. The coach starts by developing themselves, then the book goes on to describe processes for coaching others.
Articles: (these were included in the DL binder that was mailed out)
Character Formation (Chapter 7 of The Power of Mentoring)
The 7 Essentials of Encouraging (Chapter 2 of Encouraging the Heart)
150 Ways to Encourage the Heart (Chapter 12 of Encouraging the Heart)
Coaching for Behavioural Change (Chapter 4 of Coaching for Leadership, as well as Chapters 10 and 13)
Level 5 Leadership (Jim Collins)
Integrative and Application Assignment (35%)
As a final assignment, we had to either develop a strategic mentoring plan for ourself (10-12 pages), or actually coach/mentor someone else (complete with overview, mentoring plan, and evaluation). I did the first option, since I was not in a position to implement the second.
Since it was the only course I was taking at the time, I had the opportunity to do some extra reading on the topic: