Irena Edgcumbe, Stepney area director of training and development, explains how mentor training is making a difference in London diocese:
'At the moment we offer mentoring as part of our support for first-time incumbents. We're now using this training to give more structure to this peer-to-peer mentoring, which helps in terms of developing relevant skills and understanding key aspects such as setting expectations and monitoring how relationships are going. The quality of those relationships has been good, but this training helps them become even better. We've had really positive feedback from those who have done the mentor training about how helpful it is, so news is spreading by word of mouth and the interest is increasing. We're now growing a bank of people to expand its availability, which is beneficial for clergy in the diocese. This might mean that we're able to offer other forms of transition mentoring, for example if clergy are moving into a different type of role, a really tough parish context or a bigger size of church. As a result, mentoring will become more ingrained in the culture of the diocese. It's great that the diocese has seen something of value in developing mentors and has chosen to invest in this high quality training so we can offer even better support to clergy across London.'
Are you in church leadership and looking for a mentor? Find out about Mentor Connect at www.mentorconnect.org.uk