Developing a Mentoring-Focused Mindset Through Pastoral Internships at Porter Memorial Baptist Church, Lexington, Kentucky
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Timothy Duane Turner, D.Ed.Min. The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary, 2013 Faculty Supervisor: Dr. Troy Temple This project concentrates on the concept of mentoring and developing young men who are aspiring to enter full-time ministry through Porter Memorial Baptist Church. Chapter 1 describes the ministry context of the church. The description is focused on the history of the church, and also states the current physical and spiritual condition of the church. A demographic analysis is included to help the reader to understand better the situation in which Porter Memorial finds herself during 2013 in Lexington, Kentucky. Chapter 2 surveys the biblical and theological foundations for this project. This chapter first examines I Timothy 3:1-7 and Titus to support the overall idea of pastoral mentoring within Paul's relationships with Timothy and Titus. The chapter then turns to examining the shepherding motif by observing the failure of Israel's shepherds in Ezekiel 34, and then the picture of biblical shepherding in 1 Peter 5:1-4. In conclusion, this chapter describes the mentor-mentee relationships that Jesus developed with his disciples during his ministry in Matthew 4:18-22, and John 15:1-8. Chapter 3 then describes the historical and societal issues surrounding mentoring. These issues are considered when walking through the actual mentor-mentee process of the project. Chapter 4 describes how the project progresses and the process by which it is handled. A detail list of tools and methods is also thoroughly described. Chapter 5 evaluates the project in its content, effectiveness, and the usefulness to the young pastors involved. The goals are evaluated to examine whether the project is a success to the students, the church, and the seminary partnership established within the project duration.