Pastoral Mentors:

You play an absolutely vital role in enabling CBTS to prepare faithful men who love our Lord to become faithful shepherds of His sheep.  We thank you for investing in the lives of these men.

In order to make this easier for you, we have provided the following Quarterly Mentoring Report form.  Please use this to keep us up to date with the progress of the student you are mentoring.

We have also included our Mentoring Guidelines below for reference.

Pastoral Mentoring Guidelines

Basic Training involves a partnership between Covenant Baptist Theological Seminary and local churches. In addition to the 31 hours of academic instruction, the program mandates a minimum of 200 hours of pastoral mentoring and practical experience, overseen by one or more of the student’s pastors. This character-molding, hands on aspect of training is structured around the biblical qualifications of 1 Timothy 3 and Titus 1 and includes a quarterly assessment of the student regarding his progress in godliness and service.

Spiritual Maturity and Character

Quarterly Meetings: Student will meet with pastors at least once a quarter for assessment in spiritual maturity and character. Includes personal spiritual health, marriage, family, and witness to outsiders. (Minimum of 16 hours over two years)

Preaching and Teaching

Quarterly Preaching: Student will preach at least once a quarter in some venue, preferably a worship service. Pastors will provide encouragement in strengths as well as constructive criticism for improvements for each sermon. (Minimum of 48 hours over two years)

Weekly Teaching: Student will teach at least one 13-week Sunday School class per year. If the church does not have a Sunday School hour, some other venue of regular teaching must be determined by the pastors and accepted by CBTS. If possible, feedback from class members is encouraged. (Minimum of 52 hours over two years)

Evangelism: Student will regularly engage unconverted people with a view to sharing the gospel outside of the church. These opportunities will be assessed by the pastors of the student at their quarterly meetings. (Minimum of 16 hours over two years)

Other Pastoral Responsibilities

Worship Service Planning: Student will coordinate all aspects of a worship service at least once a quarter, including music, prayer, Scripture reading, and preaching. (Minimum of 8 hours over two years)

Pastoral Counseling: Student will sit in on pastoral counseling sessions at least once a quarter. This should include different types of counseling, and include pre-marital counseling. (Minimum of 8 hours over two years)

Weddings: Student will help his pastor at least once as he prepares for a wedding. This should cover all aspects of a gospel-centered wedding. (Minimum of 2 hours over two years)

Funerals: Student will help his pastor at least once as he prepares for a funeral. This should cover all aspects of a gospel-centered funeral. (Minimum of 2 hours over two years)

Ordinances: Student will assist in the preparation and performance of at least one baptism and Lord’s Supper. This should include all aspects of the ordinances. (Minimum of 4 hours over two years)

Visitation: Student will go with pastor at least once a quarter to visit church members and others. This should include hospital visits, visiting shut-ins, and family visits. (Minimum of 16 hours over two years)

Hospitality: Student will open up his home at least once a quarter to host members in the church and those outside of the church for the purpose of evangelism and edification. (Minimum of 8 hours over two years)

Meetings: Student will attend pastor meetings at least twice a quarter and deacon meetings at least once a quarter. He should also learn how to lead in these meetings. (Minimum of 20 hours over two years)