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 each assignment. The mentor keeps all records while the student is studying under him, but when the student finishes his 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 is also responsible for sending the student’s final work, his thesis or dissertation, to the TNARS administration for their review and approval before the student will be approved for graduation.
The mentor also normally contacts the student’s local church officer via email or by some 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 is 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 (Ruling or Teaching) 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 they make take to these 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:
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 an interest in becoming a mentor by emailing us, the TNARS administration will send them a request for information and documentation needed. The following information is required to complete a mentor application:
- completion of Oversight Department Questionnaire (sent upon request)
- submission of a current resume
- submission of a thesis, dissertation, seminary exegetical paper, etc.
- submission of transcript(s) or diploma(s) verifying academic credentials
- ordination verification (if applicable)
- statement of agreement with the Westminster Confession of Faith
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.