FAQ

Which approach to mentoring is being offered?

The Anamcara mentoring approach is distinctively Christian. It is based on identifying and promoting the work of God’s Spirit in the life of a leader. It ranges from the inner life of spirituality and character to the outworking of those things in relationships, ministry and mission. Thus it integrates some of the important emphases spiritual direction, coaching and supervision in a holistic, ongoing discipleship process.

 

How are mentoring sessions structured?

Mentoring sessions within this model are all one-to-one meetings. Depending on your needs and circumstances, you meet for a mentoring conversation four, six, eight, or twelve times a year, for an extended conversation of about an hour and a half on each occasion. Mentoring sessions may be face-to-face or via video conferencing. While most people prefer face-to-face meetings, geographical distance is no barrier to an effective mentoring experience with Rick. Between sessions you are encouraged to stay in touch via email.

 

What happens in a mentoring session?

Mentoring conversations are referenced directly to your unique, real life context. Both the content and process of sessions are designed around you as an individual. There is no one-size-fits-all approach, yet in a flexible way conversations do have the following shape:

  • Review. Each mentoring session will pick up where the previous one left off. This maintains accountability, continuity and momentum for growth and development.
  • Discernment. You will be encouraged to think carefully about relevant events and your own responses to those events to gain insights about how God is working.
  • Encouragement. Inner resources of hope, courage, determination and confidence are nurtured to provide the emotional wherewithal to bring good ideas to action.
  • Planning. Working with insights gained through review and discernment, and sifting through options generated in the conversation, you choose a specific plan of action that will be reviewed in the next session.

 

Who steers the content of mentoring conversations?

At the outset you will specify the focus areas you wish to pursue, the outcomes you are seeking and your expectations of the mentor. Whenever these are varied it will be you who reframes them so that at all times you are in control of the agenda.

 

Over what period does the mentoring last?

Mentoring arrangements, with clear and firm commitments from both you and Rick, are entered into for a year at a time. Towards the end of the period you review the arrangement together to decide whether or not to continue for a further year.

 

How much does it cost?

Mentoring fees are paid annually in advance and vary depending on the number of sessions you choose. Where Rick is required to travel to meet with you, a separate arrangement is made to help cover the associated costs. Under normal circumstances, your employer covers these costs as part of your ongoing professional development. Current rates may be found by clicking on the ‘Mentoring Rates’ tab. Rick also offers some mentoring on a pro bono basis for frontline mission workers with limited means. Please contact Rick directly if you wish to access this offer.