Have you been wondering how you can be part of encouraging a more diverse and inclusive Church of England? Become an Ordained Vocations Mentor. Mentoring is not new to the Church of England. Every priest or deacon can name at least one person who accompanied them on their journey towards ordination. That person can be you.
The Ordained Vocations Mentor Directory is an open access resource for those at any stage on the journey towards ordained vocations, who might feel that they would like to have a knowledgeable friend, with some shared experiences, to accompany them along the way. The scheme is aimed at the historically underrepresented within the Church of England. You will need to be passionate about encouraging confident, resilient resourced clergy of the future. Training for mentors is free and there is opportunity for professional development.
Meet the person that you will be journeying with at least once a quarter depending on what you agree together. You will be expected to give an update on the progress of your mentee to the National M E Vocations Officer, exchange good practice via the Mentor Network Chat Room and attend networking events.
All our mentors are lay and ordained volunteers who are passionate about supporting our future clergy. As a Mentor, you will be a resource and will NOT be making decisions on your mentee's process or be their advocate.
We support our Mentors by giving access to a closed online Chatroom, a learning portal, networking events and the opportunity of discounted professional development.
The ideal candidate will also have some understanding of vocations within the Church of England although the nature of the process is covered as part of the free training.
The next training days are:
The first networking day will be held Lambeth Palace on 30th November 2020. Only trained mentors listed on the directory by the end of September will be invited to attend.
Register your interest here: https://www.churchofengland.org/mentoring
For more information about this application process, please use this link