SAMPLE Spiritual Mentoring Policy for our Pastor
One of the key indicators of spiritual and emotional health in leadership is the willingness to engage in a relationship of support, growth and accountability. It is the policy of this church that our pastor has a spiritual director, guide, mentor or supervisor while leading this community and meets with this person regularly. The purposes of spiritual mentoring are:
- Development – enabling our pastor to grow personally, spiritually and in ministry leadership knowledge and skills.
- Support – enabling our pastor to deal constructively with the emotional and spiritual load of pastoring and leading.
- Accountability – a place outside of the church and denominational structure where our pastor can work through issues around time, family commitments, ministry pressures, recreation and self-care to avoid long term stress and burnout.
- The mentor will be nominated by the pastor and approved by the church board.
- The mentor will not be a person either in membership in the church or in direct authority over the pastor within the denomination.
- The mentor will not normally have other formal relationships with or in the church.
- The funding for the mentoring relationship will be allocated in the church budget.
- Between 4 and 12 sessions per year is considered a regular commitment.
- The Pastor will identify several developmental goals to be the key agenda of the relationship each year and share these with the Church Board
- The pastor will report in general terms to the church board annually on the effectiveness of the relationship.
- Apart from the above, confidentiality will be respected in this relationship. The church board will not contact the mentor directly (except in life-threatening circumstances) and does not expect the mentor to communicate directly with the board. All communication will take place via the pastor.