Leading Your Teams with a Mentoring Culture
Team mentoring is how you lead team leaders and teams at your church or in your ministry. Team mentoring is mentoring that focuses on equipping people to serve on their team. You are giving them the tools they need to accomplish their work.
Team mentoring focuses on training for the tasks that need to be done, pertinent leadership conversations, conversations about mission, vision, and strategy, and conversations that introduce a person to mentoring relationships.
As a team mentor, you are focusing on mentoring a person as it pertains to their role on a team. This means that you aren’t mentoring them for their own personal spiritual growth, but with the clear goal of their role on the team in mind. You aren’t doing relational mentoring with them.
How Team Mentoring Works
Team mentoring is accomplished by using PursueGOD conversations and the flex method. You or the person you are meeting with pick a conversation. You each watch the video beforehand (or read the article), and preview the questions. When you get together someone summarizes the video, and you get into the discussion. Also, you teach the person you are talking with how to have this same conversation with others.
Team Mentoring FAQ
How often do I meet with someone for team mentoring? This will depend on your role at church and the needs of your team. Typically, we recommend meeting with people that you are team mentoring once every 4-6 weeks. Different teams and leaders require different things, however, so do what is best for your team.
How long is a team mentoring conversation? It depends on the conversation, the person, and everyone’s schedule. Typically, PursueGOD conversations can be done in 20-30 minutes. Some conversations may be longe, some may be shorter. If you have a one hour slot to meet with a person, then you can use 30 minutes to go over the conversation, and use the rest of your time for other business and personal connection.
Is team mentoring impersonal? Absolutely not. Although you aren’t walking with a person through all the ups and downs of their lives, you obviously still care about them as a person. Your team mentoring conversations focus your meetings, but personal care and friendship are necessary for any church team relationship.
What if someone on my team doesn’t have a relational mentor? Our desire is to see everyone in the church have a mentor. If someone you are leading as a team mentor, doesn’t have a relational mentor, then you want to encourage them to find one. If you have room in your schedule and you are a good fit for being a mentor with them, you can do it. If not, help them find a relational mentor.
Can I talk logistics if I’m doing team mentoring? When meeting with team leaders or members of your team, you often need to talk about logistics. We recommend devoting part of your meeting to a PursueGOD conversation and part of your meeting to discussing logistical issues. It’s easy to focus on logistics, but be sure to make time for the PursueGOD conversation.
- Watch the video together or invite someone to summarize the topic.
- What is your initial reaction to this video? Do you disagree with any of it? What jumped out at you?
- What is team mentoring, and how is it different from relational mentoring?
- Who do you need to begin team mentoring right now?
- What are some of the obstacles that might get in the way of team mentoring?
- Write a personal action step based on this conversation.