Those interested in a mentoring role at TNARS can be as involved as they want. The standard number of students that we limit each mentor to is 10. If you need a different number of students (whether lower or higher) just let us know. Because of the rigor of our programs the students don’t hand in work quickly, nor do they generally hand in work at the same time as other students. This normally gives the mentor quite a bit of time between grading assignments.
The mentor takes his student(s) through their entire program. So if you have a student who is in the M.Div. program you would interact with him on his assignments and grade them. The mentor keeps all records while the student is studying under him, but when the student finishes their program the mentor sends TNARS administration an informal transcript of the student’s classes and grades. The TNARS administration then creates official transcripts and degrees for the student and adds them to our records.
The mentor also normally contacts the student’s local church officer via email or other means every once in a while to ascertain the spiritual growth of the student and to make recommendations. For instance, if you found that one of your students was weak in his prayer life you might want to speak to his local church officer and get him involved with a prayer group that could help him to grow in this area. Our goal is to both academically and spiritually equip our students.
An Elder can teach at any level that TNARS administration qualifies him for, while those who aren’t Elder’s can teach up to their degree level.
Our mentors must subscribe to the Westminster Standards, letting the administration of TNARS know of any exceptions that are taken to the Standards.
Mentors normally send the church officer certain questions to rate the student on different aspects of his Christian life or to comment on these areas. The topics covered might look something like this:
1. Accountable to other Christians
2. Ability to talk about sins in his life with another Christian
3. Pray for others
4. Bible verse memorization
6. Involved in ministry of some type
7. Ability to forgive others
8. Ability to seek forgiveness from others
9. Ability to accept criticism
10. Closer to God now than (1 month ago)
11. Shows love to God by striving to keep His moral commands as summed up in the 10 commandments
Students are required to contact their mentor at the beginning of each month so that we can better determine the students who drop out of the programs without informing us.
Once someone formally shows interest in becoming a mentor by emailing us, the TNARS administration will send them a request for information and documentation needed as well as any questions that the administration might have for the prospective mentor.
We also allow for LOCAL MENTORING. By this we mean that a qualified mentor can choose to become a mentor and only receive local students that he specifically requests.