“Mentoring” isn’t just a word. It's a way of life here.
One of the distinct qualities of IBCS is our unique focus on mentoring. It’s behind everything we do. We believe that mentoring for ministry reflects the distinct pattern of Jesus — life-touching-life with His twelve disciples — and fulfills His Great Commission to “make disciples.” In keeping with that pattern, we view mentoring as a form of spiritual and practical discipleship where we are teaching those “who will be able to teach others also” (2 Tim. 2:2).
Mentoring begins with an open door and ends with a relationship.
When students come to IBCS, they often have questions about life, faith, and direction. We have created an environment with our staff all the way up to our President, where the students feel like they can come in and sit down and talk. We take the time to get to know them, to build relationships, to ask questions, and then to provide Biblical counsel for their questions.
Mentoring is intentionally designed to move a person forward.
After a student seeks out and is assigned a faculty mentor, they begin to meet regularly for a time that’s focused around one or two questions. Initially there might be practical questions about how to do ministry in a certain setting, but over time they voice more complex questions and the mentor relationship provides a safe place for discussion, prayer, and spiritual wisdom that moves the student forward.
Mentoring prepares students for real-life ministry.
Mentoring provides every student with a critical value: opportunities for evaluated feedback as their mentors observe them in close proximity in weekly ministry. Drawing from each mentor’s ministry experience, students receive practical feedback from people they know and trust – and who know them and their future ministry goals. These mentoring relationships often continue well after our students have finished their educational program and are actively serving in ministry around the world.