Mentored Ministries Program Goals

The Mentored Ministries component of the EPMC program seeks to achieve the following three Program Goals:

A. Pastoral Identity

In the context of supervised congregational ministry, students will grow in their (a) personal spiritual formation, (b) understanding and confirmation of call to ministry, and (c) theological reflection upon ministry, pastoral identity, and the church.

B. Ministry Practice Competencies

The 16 ministry practice areas listed below serve as a guide for congregation, supervisor and student as they assess the student’s strengths and weaknesses, set goals and provide ministry leadership opportunities for the student, and evaluate the student’s readiness for ministry.

a. Preaching and Teaching

  1. Preach sermons that are biblically faithful, creative, authentic, contextually sensitive, and life changing
  2. Teach using a variety of methods so that the message will be clearly received and understood by particular audiences

b. Evangelizing

  1. Tell the story of God’s grace at work in my life in a lively and engaging way
  2. Model a life of hospitality within a community, welcoming people and paying attention to their needs in ways that communicate God’s grace
  3. Model outreach as a way of life in a local congregation and communicate a vision and strategy for church planting
  4. Engage inquirers and people from other faith traditions with a clear biblical explanation and defense of the Gospel and Christian worldview

c. Pastoral Care

  1. Offer compassion, exhortation, forgiveness, and Christ’s presence to people at all stages of faith formation so that they become more fully devoted followers of Jesus
  2. Assess, guide, and counsel people within the boundaries of a pastor’s expertise, referring them to other professionals as appropriate
  3. Guide people in a moral way of life and hold them accountable

d. Worshipping

  1. Prepare and lead worship that glorifies God and helps people to encounter God
  2. Collaborate with others in the process of preparing for, leading, and evaluating worship

e. Seeking Justice and Serving

  1. Model a life that embodies principles and practices of biblical justice
  2. Educate and mobilize people to serve as advocates for peace, racial reconciliation, and benevolence, both locally and globally

f. Leading

  1. Lead a congregation, local community, and/or individuals through ordinary and celebratory times and through times of crisis, transition, conflict, and loss
  2. Provide alternative styles of leadership according to various needs and settings
  3. Encourage and train others to use their gifts in appropriate ministry practices

C. Accountability

In the context of specific structures of accountability provided by mentor and/or supervising pastor, and congregational leaders or committees specifically charged with supervisory responsibility, students will demonstrate their ability to (1) honestly assess their own strengths and weaknesses; (2) graciously receive feedback from their mentor, supervising pastor and/or congregation, and respond appropriately; (3) work effectively within given structures of authority and accountability; and (4) set realistic formation goals and achieve them.

Self-Assessment Form on Six Ministry Practice Areas (pdf)