For Host Sites and Mentors

Christian Public Leader program

Your commitment as a CPL mentor
  1. Work with the seminarian(s) to determine their goals.
    • What theological and practical issues might they address?
    • What identities/roles might they experience?
    • What skills, tips, and tricks they might learn while serving with you, your site, and your community?
  2. Work with the seminarian(s) to clarify how they might achieve their goals, and how you, your site, and your community can support and encourage them in that work. Examples may include:
    • If the seminarian(s) would like to work on preaching, make sure you both understand when they might deliver their first sermon in front of the group. Set a date, be prepared to offer support prior to the sermon, and offer constructive feedback after the sermon.
    • If the seminarian(s) would like to experience/understand the identity of a nonprofit executive director, make sure you both agree on some job-shadowing experiences that they might complete with you.
    • If the seminarian(s) would like to practice some stewardship or financial administration, make sure you both agree on their attendance at relevant committee meetings.
  3. Set time aside for a weekly or biweekly meeting to talk through their progress.
  4. Support the seminarian(s) by setting clear expectations for their time. It will be helpful for you to know what to expect, of course, but it will be essential for them to have some structure for their experience.
    • Please note that they are expected to spend a minimum of 5 hours per week and/or 20 hours per month with you and your site.
    • If you need to require attendance at particular times/events, please ensure that the seminarian(s) knows this!
    • At the same time, please be respectful of their schedule. They are students. Major papers, exams, or other obligations will need to be completed. Please treat the seminarian(s) with generosity, grace, and understanding.
  5. Treat them as a learning student, not as inexpensive help for the pulpit or office. They are serving with you, your site, and your community to learn what it means to be a Christian public leader in a congregation or community-based organization. Set a good example, and treat their learning experience with respect.

The CPL program is designed to support seminarians as they identify their own vocational traits and characteristics, explore their own personal and professional identities and develop their own practical skills.

As a result, the onus of responsibility for the work of identification, exploration, and development in their contextual work lies not with Contextual Learning, but with the seminarian and his or her mentor.

For more details, see a complete list of Student Outcomes.

Learning agreement and reflection questions

Mentors, your seminarian will be responsible for sharing their learning agreement and reflection questions with you directly.