Mentored Ministry Competence & Character Feedback Form

Mentored Ministry Competence & Character Feedback Form

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As Paul mentors Timothy about the importance of developing essential Christ-like character traits and ministry competencies, he writes, “Put these things into practice, devote yourself to them, so that all may see your progress” (1 Tim. 4:15, NRSV). As we clarify our call for where we fit in Christ’s body, Romans 12:3 instructs us to “be honest in your evaluation” (NLT). This is a process of “speaking the truth in love” (Eph. 4:15) about competence and character with informal conversations during the year and completing the form in the spring.

Sequence of Feedback & Scale of Progress

In the process of discussing and debriefing feedback, we will use the following sequence:
  1. Student self-evaluates using this competence and character feedback form.
  2. Student explains process and form to congregational and pastoral mentors.
  3. Congregational and pastoral mentors complete and submit forms. If you are unable to fill in part of the form after asking the student about this part of the process, simply skip that statement.
  4. Student debriefs feedback and process with pastoral mentor. This may involve students sharing parts of a “portfolio” to show progress or readiness with experiences from related courses, coaching with mentors, equipping activities, or samples of work.
  5. Student debriefs with the Director of Mentored Ministry or other faculty member about the overall competence and character development during mentored ministry.
This is the scale that we will use to describe progress for skill development or the need for quality improvement.
  1. Very Poor, Far Below Requirements or Minimal Development
  2. Poor, Below Requirements or Partial Development
  3. Average, Meets Requirements or Typical/Usual Development
  4. Good, Above Average Requirements or Substantial Development
  5. Excellent, Far Above Requirements or Exceptional Development
  6. No Answer, Not Applicable or Not Observed
This process for progress is similar to the Dreyfus Model of Skill Acquisition moving from novice to advanced beginner to competent to proficient to expert, with expertise more about excellence and maturity than mastery in ministry.  


In the space below the feedback tables, mentors explain low ratings and make additional comments of affirmation or special attention for growth. If you have no observations or an area does not apply at this time, then put No Answer.

Serving-Learning Covenant Aims

Competency in Ministry Areas

Evaluate a student’s strengths and need for improvement in each competency. If you are unclear about the meaning of a specific statement or the sources behind it, then ask your student. Mentors give any additional feedback below each table, while only students comment on related courses or experiences.

1.0 Biblical Framework & Foundations

1.1 Demonstrates an overall understanding of the framework of the Bible with Christ at the centre of God’s mission(Required)
1.2 Demonstrates an understanding of a Biblical text within its historical, cultural, literary, & biblical context(Required)
1.3 Reflects sensitively in ministry situations by building on biblical foundations with insights from theology, history, culture, etc.(Required)
1.4 Applies biblical truth in love within personal, congregational, ethical & cultural contexts(Required)

2.0 Denominational Identity & Convictions

2.1 Demonstrates an understanding of how denominational identity (e.g. Baptist) fits within the history of Christianity(Required)
2.2 Demonstrates an understanding of Christian beliefs & doctrinal differences(Required)
2.3 Integrates denominational identity (emphases on specific beliefs or practices) into life, ministry & mission(Required)
2.4 Interacts respectfully within a multi-faith & multicultural environment(Required)

3.0 Deeper Discipleship & Spiritual Formation

3.1 Engages regularly with Scripture & prayer as priority practices to grow in a loving, reliant relationship with the Trinity(Required)
3.2 Communicates personal spiritual journey or faith story with an awareness of transformational factors in spiritual formation & maturity(Required)
3.3 Develops a regular rhythm of life with spiritual practices tailored to develop deeper discipleship as part of God’s mission(Required)
3.4 Facilitates spiritual maturity in community with mutual support & accountability (mentors, small groups, soul friends, spiritual direction, etc.)(Required)
3.5 Facilitates equipping experiences (retreats, training events, teaching times, etc.) for intergenerational spiritual formation(Required)

4.0 Empowering Leadership & Missional Structures

4.1 Leads by empowering others in mission together (model the way, inspire a shared vision, challenge the process, enable others to act & encourage the heart)(Required)
4.2 Guides others to discover & develop gifts, talents & other clues to calling as part of God’s mission(Required)
4.3 Mentors existing & emerging leaders(Required)
4.4 Seeks peace & collaborative conflict resolution(Required)
4.5 Teams up for strategic input & missional oversight of boards, budgets, buildings or creative structures for mission(Required)

5.0 Missional Word & Deed

5.1 Shares Gospel summary in relation to personal faith story or testimony(Required)
5.2 Meets people where they are on their spiritual journey & gently, respectfully invites people to say yes to Jesus(Required)
5.3 Offers hospitality in acts & attitudes with a warm welcome & loving presence(Required)
5.4 Participates in & advocates for ministries of compassion & justice on local & global levels(Required)
5.5 Investigates local & multicultural dynamics for fruitful missional outreach with neighbours & networks(Required)

6.0 Preaching & Congregational Worship

6.1 Prepares & proclaims relevant, clear & creative Scripture-based messages(Required)
6.2 Conducts sensitively various parts of worship services (music, multi-media, prayers, etc.)(Required)
6.3 Conducts sensitively special parts of worship services such as Communion & baptism(Required)
6.4 Participates sensitively in funerals & other memorial services(Required)
6.5 Participates sensitively in weddings & other special services(Required)

7.0 Personal & Pastoral Care

7.1 Nurtures healthy personal, emotional, spiritual, physical & relational well-being(Required)
7.2 Practices insightful self-knowledge about strengths & weaknesses as a broken & beloved child of God(Required)
7.3 Practices listening with empathy & loving input as the basis for care in all contexts(Required)
7.4 Practices care ethically with personal & professional boundaries & multicultural sensitivity(Required)
7.5 Cultivates caring congregations & pastoral connections for drawing near to people with compassionate, informed & self-aware care(Required)

8.0 Adaptability for Contextual, Missional Ministry

8.1 Demonstrates adaptability for ministry & mission within a changing local & global context(Required)
8.2 Demonstrates intergenerational adaptability for creative ministry with various ages & stages(Required)
8.3 Integrates technology wisely as tools for ministry and community(Required)

Character Traits of Christian Leaders, Maturity Attributes or Virtues

Evaluate the extent to which these Christ-like character traits for maturity in ministry are evident in the student. The list includes the fruit of the Spirit plus a few more biblical virtues vital for ministry. Most of the virtues and further descriptions are adapted from The Christian Life Profile Assessment Workbook: Developing Your Personal Plan to Think, Act, and Be Like Jesus, which is a recommended resource for MM students, along with other sources on developing character in ministry.

9.0 Fruit of the Spirit & Virtues

9.1 Love: loves God & loves others(Required)
9.2 Joy: shows inner contentment, purpose & joy(Required)
9.3 Peace: is free from anxiety and at peace with God, peace with others & peace with oneself(Required)
9.4 Patience: is slow to anger & perseveres patiently under the unavoidable pressures of life(Required)
9.5 Kindness: choses to be kind, gracious & tender in relationships with others(Required)
9.6 Goodness: displays generosity, ethical integrity & maturity of judgment(Required)
9.7 Faithfulness: shows loyalty & dependability in relationships with others & with God(Required)
9.8 Gentleness: is thoughtful, considerate & calm in dealing with others(Required)
9.9 Self-control: displays power through Christ to control self(Required)
9.10 Hope: lives in confident expectation that God’s saving work & empowering presence are present realities & promises for future fulfillment(Required)
9.11 Humility: esteems others above self, listens well & is committed to life-long learning(Required)
9.12 Justice: works toward what is fair & good for others with respect for diversity(Required)