21 Resources for Mentoring Pastors and Pastors in Training

by Oct 8, 2021Leaders, Blog

In the journey of spiritual leadership, mentorship plays a pivotal role.

Whether you’re a seasoned pastor looking to guide the next generation or a pastor-in-training seeking wisdom and support, having the right resources at your fingertips can make all the difference.

In this article, we’ve curated 21 essential resources designed to enrich the mentoring experience for both mentors and mentees. From insightful books and comprehensive online courses to inspirational podcasts and community forums, these tools are tailored to nurture growth, foster resilience, and enhance pastoral effectiveness.

Dive in and discover how these resources can help you build stronger, more impactful ministry leaders.

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Blog Posts

How to Provide A Great Internship Experience at Your Church. The Unstuck Group, 2016.

6 Keys to a Thriving Internship Program for Your Church. Vanderbloemen, 2016.

Program Models

Becoming a Pastor: Reflections on the Transition into Ministry. James P. Wind and David J. Wood, Alban Institute Report.

Developing a Mentoring Model, Based on Christ’s Approach to Discipleship, for Intern Pastors in the British Union. Desmond Boldeau, 2014, Dissertation.

Gray’s Mentoring Model. Mentoring Relationships that Work, William Gray, 2011.

Guide to Pastoral Internships. Fund for Theological Education, 2012.

Mentored Ministry: Guide for Mentors. Timothy Z. Witmer. Westminster Theological Seminary, 2003.


Connecting: The Mentoring Relationships You Need to Succeed in Life. J. Robert Clinton and Paul Stanely. NavPress, 1992.

Mentoring: The Promise of Relational Leadership. Walter C Wright. Wipf and Stock, 2013.

Mentor for Life: Finding Purpose through Intentional Discipleship. Natasha Robinson. Zondervan, 2016.

The Potter’s Rib: Mentoring for Pastoral Formation. Brian Williams. Regent College Publishing, 2005.

Transforming the Rough Places: the Ministry of Supervision. Kenneth Pohly. Wipf and Stock, 2016.

Welcome to Theological Field Education, Chapter 2, “The Art of Supervision and Formation” by Charleen Jin Lee. Rowan and Littlefield, 2011.


Reflective Practice: Formation and Supervision in Ministry

Other Media

Dallas Theological Seminary Mentoring Intro: Includes 4 short videos and a list of frameworks

Dallas Theological Seminary Mentoring Resource Page

Organic Mentoring Video, Barbara Neumann and Sue G. Edwards

Podcast: “Best Practices in Church Internship Programs” by Rich Birch of unseminary

Webinar: The Pastor as Mentor. Dr. Mark Walker

Organizations with Additional Resources

Association for Pastoral Supervision and Education (APSE)

The Institute of Pastoral Supervision and Reflective Practice


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