Mentorship Program

"...to equip the Saints for the work of ministry." Ephesians 4:12

Program Information

What is the Mentorship Program?

Who should apply?

Program Outcomes

Time Commitment

Cost & Funding

Application Process

The Mentorship Program equips lay people in their personal response to the call of sharing the Good News of Jesus and helping others become his disciples.

Through practical, hands-on training, individuals are formed in the vision and skills necessary to further the Archdiocesan Vision and Priorities: One Church, Encountering Christ, Equipping Disciples, and Living Mercy.

The Mentorship Program best serves those who:

  • Strive to help others know and love Jesus
  • Seek personal growth and formation in Evangelization
  • Desire to deepen their personal relationship with Christ through prayer and the sacraments
  • Are willing to make sacrifices in order to engage in the program

Some of the key program outcomes are:

  • Deepening of your personal prayer life
  • Develop practical skills for evangelization
  • Growth in personal leadership skills
  • Growth in the ability to teach and mentor others
  • Greater understanding of your unique gifts and how God is calling you to use them
  • Strengthened ability to lead teams in parish and community evangelization initiatives 
  • A common vision, language, and experience with leaders from across the Archdiocese

The Mentorship Program is a two-year process. Learning takes place through retreats, monthly large group seminars, reading, and discussion. Small group mentorship circles also meet monthly.

To engage participants throughout the Archdiocese, cohorts meet in both the Metro and Rural area.

Download a general Year 1 & 2 schedule of the seminars, retreats, and topics covered in the program.

We ask that each participant contribute $450.00 per year for the cost of the Mentorship Program.

The Archdiocese covers the remainder of the cost for all retreat fees, required reading, meals, instructor and mentor stipends, and additional program materials.

Financial help may be available if needed.

The Mentorship Program is a significant commitment, and the number of participants we can accept each year is limited. The application process helps facilitate a mutual discernment. 

The process consists of:

  1. Online Application
  2. Pastor's Recommendation
  3. Interview (as necessary)

The application deadline is May 2, 2021.

FAQs

Why is the Mentorship Program a two-year process?

Forming disciples who can make other disciples takes time, resources, and dedication. It's a holistic, deeply relational process that requires space for personal experiences, reflection, learning, and growth. It also requires some willingness to sacrifice other commitments for the sake of begin equipped. We have designed the process to provide deep personal formation while minimizing the travel, financial resources, and time commitment required.

What will the program give me (i.e., what will I “get” out of the program)?

The goal of the Mentorship Program is to equip participants with the vision, skills, and habits to live out the Church’s mission to make disciples. We aim to provide basic, universal tools for making disciples that can then be applied in the unique circumstances of each person’s life.

The program is designed to walk with each participant, helping them listen to the Lord to determine where and how they are called to do this: in family life, the workplace, relationships within the local community, parish evangelization efforts, etc. In short, you will be prepared to discern and live your personal vocation as a missionary disciple.

I do not know my pastor very well; can I ask a priest who knows me to fill out the Pastor Recommendation?

If there is another priest who knows you very well, they may fill out the recommendation, however, we do need your pastor to fill out the form to the best of his ability. This communication and collaboration facilitates important relationship-building between you, your, pastor, and the Archdiocesan offices.

Can I view a schedule of the seminars, retreats, and topics covered in the program?
Is there an option for attending some (but not all) of the monthly seminars?

Individuals who desire to attend some of the seminars but for whom the mentorship process is not a good fit may audit those that correspond to their specific area of interest. We envision this primarily for paid parish staff, clergy, or other individuals who have extensive training or experience in ministry but desire ongoing formation in a particular area. Please contact any member of the Office of Evangelization & Catechesis to discuss auditing.

Does this program primarily equip parish staff or volunteers?

We believe that both volunteers and parish staff can benefit from the practical, hands-on training that the program offers.

The Mentorship Program aims to:

  • Equip lay people to live their particular vocation of holiness and evangelization in the secular world (i.e. neighborhood, workplace, families, etc.)
  • Provide participants a strong foundation for exercising effective leadership in parish and community outreach
  • Help parishes multiply the number of lay leaders - volunteers or staff - capable of assisting pastors as they seek to effectively live out the Church's mission.

Can clergy participate?

While the primary audience of the program is lay people, we welcome the participation of priests and permanent deacons. Interested clergy should contact Jen Moser or 402-557-5610 to discuss participation.

I am a full-time parish staff member. Will there be an option for attending seminars during the week?

Currently, we are establishing Saturdays as the day for regular gatherings in order to accommodate those who work full-time in other settings.