The annual Pastor Partners mentor training event was held on the campus of Wisconsin Lutheran Seminary on September 17 and 18, 2019. Once again, we enjoyed an excellent level of participation among our mentors nationwide. Most training sessions were recorded for the sake of those unable to be here in person. The recorded material will be edited and eventually posted at Seminary Online so that mentors may access it at their convenience.
The focus of this year’s training was Managing our Time and Family in Ministry, with presentations and discussions clustered around identifying and overcoming challenges regarding time management and responsibilities in the area of marriage and family. The primary presenter was Pastor Jeremy Mattek from Immanuel Lutheran Church in Greenville, WI. Pastor Mattek also shared information and insights from his wife Karen, who was unable to be there in person due to other commitments. Additionally, Mentor Skill Development sessions allowed mentors to review goals and expectations of the normal three-year term of mentoring, discuss the ongoing communication between mentors and their lead mentors, and explore ways of serving the needs of mentees to the best of our ability.
There are currently 73 Pastor Partner mentors serving graduates of Wisconsin Lutheran Seminary who entered the pastoral ministry during the last four years. While participation in the mentoring initiative is voluntary, 100% of graduates the last two years have asked to be mentored. We consider it not only a privilege to do so, but also an opportunity to equip the newer pastors with counsel and guidance that better equips them to continue to serve souls entrusted to their care as long as the Lord allows.