Students at commencement

For Host Sites and Mentors

Christian Public Leader program

Your commitment as a CPL mentor
  1. Complete your Mentor CPL Application Form.
  2. Work with the seminarian(s) to determine their goals, help them achieve their goals, and reflect on their progress.
  3. Set time aside for a weekly or biweekly meeting to talk through their work.
  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.
  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.
Possible goals of students' work in context

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 of goals 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 possible goals of students' work in context.

Learning agreement and reflection questions

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