Faith Mentoring: “knowing, being, and doing” is the key
- What do we need to KNOW about student faith development?
- How should we BE as faith mentoring people?
- What can we DO to nurture students’ faith?
Click here for the Faith Mentoring Brochure, which offers ideas for the three questions above.
In a video for Student Faith Stories at GC, students discuss how their experiences at GC have shaped their beliefs and enabled them to continue building their faith.
Bob Yoder, campus pastor, contributed the chapter “Strengthening a Christian College as a Faith Mentoring Environment through Knowing–Being–Doing.” This chapter includes findings of the first year of his research on “the role of teaching faculty as faith mentors.” Building a Culture of Faith addresses the unique role faculty and others play in student spiritual formation, including historical and contemporary approaches; sets out a framework for understanding spiritual formation as it is practiced in the Christian university; and provides practical models for the roles the university plays in the spiritual formation of students. Click on the book for more details.
“Strengthening a Christian College as a Faith Mentoring Environment,” written by Bob Yoder, campus pastor, appeared in the Spring 2013 edition of The Journal of Youth Ministry: The academic journal of youth ministry educators. This essay includes findings of his two-year study which examined Goshen College as a “faith mentoring environment” and the role of its employees (professor, administrators, staff) as “faith mentors.” A framework of Knowing-Being-Doing is offered.
Click Bibliography for a list of books related to supporting the college setting as a faith mentoring environment. Resources include books about spirituality of younger adults, practical ideas for colleges, and pedagogical helps.