FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
How often should I meet with my mentor/mentee?
We ask that each mentoring pair to do their best to meet once every two weeks.
How long should a typical mentoring meeting last?
Each mentoring meeting should last about an hour, but can go longer if the participants desire to do so.
Is my mentoring pair required to use the provided curriculum?
No, but we strongly recommend you use the provided curriculum, as it will help point you conversation towards Jesus. CLICK HERE to view the curriculum choices.
Where are some good locations to have mentoring meetings?
We recommend picking a common comfortable space like a coffee shop or a lobby in one of Lipscomb’s many buildings. If your conversation in a particular week will be more sensitive, meeting in an office or classroom can also be a great idea.
Can my mentoring partner and I meet more than once every two weeks?
Yes! The more the better as you are able to meet as much as you would like!
How am I paired with a mentor/mentee?
You are paired with your mentoring partner based off of common passions, hobbies, and/or vocational interests that you included on you application.
What is the role of the mentor in the relationship?
A mentor within The Joshua Project functions best as a spiritual friend who encourages the mentee in their walk with Jesus. We find that it is best if mentors avoid enacting the role of a counselor or a spiritual teacher.
What should I do if it seems that might mentoring relationship is not working out?
There can be so many reasons why a mentoring relationship might not go a well as hoped. Reasons could include personality differences or scheduling conflicts among others. If your mentoring pair is struggling, please email email@example.com so that we can try to work through the particular challenge.
What should I do if my mentee/mentor stops responding to my efforts for communication?
If you find that your mentor/mentee is not returning texts or emails, you might try another avenue like a direct call and voicemail. If another option does not work, please let our office know, and we will work with your pair on an individual basis.
Can I switch to a new mentor/mentee if my current one is not meeting my expectations?
In most cases, we will encourage you to stick with your assigned mentor/mentee. With that said, if that relationship proves not to work, our office will do our best to pair you with someone else depending on availability.
What should I do if my mentee needs help beyond what a mentor can/should provide?
If your mentee is dealing with emotional, spiritual, or psychological issues that are beyond what you can support, please contact The Joshua Project office and we will work with you to encourage your mentee to set up an appointment with Lipscomb’s Counseling Center or another appropriate resource.
What can I do if my mentee is not opening up?
If you are having a hard time going deep as a mentoring pair, there can be many things that can cause this. In most cases, trust needs to be established before a mentee can feel safe enough to open up. To speed up this process, try inviting your mentee to do something fun with you, such as dinner, a walk around Radnor Lake, or take them to a Predators games. You may also consider sharing deeper parts of your own faith journey in hopes that they will respond to your vulnerability with their own.
What can I do if our conversation does not seem to very spiritual?
In most cases, if you stick to the provided curriculum, you will not be able to avoid spiritual conversation.
What should I do if my mentor/mentee interacts with me in a way that is not appropriate?
If you ever feel an action within your mentoring relationships is inappropriate, please contact Cyrus Eaton (firstname.lastname@example.org) immediately. Cyrus is the Director of The Joshua Project.
What should I do if my mentee/mentor shares something with me that makes me believe they are in immediate danger?
If your mentee ever shares a threatening issue such as thoughts of suicide or any type of abuse, please contact Cyrus Eaton (email@example.com) or Lipscomb’s Behavioral Intervention Team (BIT) immediately.
What is my ethical responsibility in handing the confidential information of my mentoring partner?
Mentoring program participants should protect the confidential information of their partners. Yet, mentoring partners can disclose information only with appropriate consent or with sound legal or ethical justification.
What is the best way to contact The Joshua Project Office?
The best way is to email firstname.lastname@example.org, but feel free to call (615)966-1179 or drop by our office in the basement of the student center.
FOR ADULT MENTORS
How should I spend $50 per semester Stipend?
You can spend your stipend on anything within reason that would help cultivate a great mentoring experience. We suggest using the stipend for coffee, meals, and books to read together.
Do I need to keep up with receipts from purchases made with my stipend money?
No you do not.
As an hourly staff member, do I need to “clock out” when meeting with my mentee?
Provided you get permission from your superior, you do not need to need to clock out for your hour long official meeting once every two week if you meet during the work day.
Will I have the same mentor/mentee every year?
You will have the option to stay with your mentee next year if you would like.