Mentored Ministry

A biblical understanding of wisdom prevents us from separating knowing and doing, learning and practice. Wisdom unites the facets of knowledge, character, and skill. Mentored Ministry is designed to bring these facets of ministerial formation together under the supervision of an experienced mentor.

Ministry Preparation Commitment
As part of the first course in practical theology, all M.Div. Pastoral and General students along with counseling students are required to complete a Ministry Preparation Commitment in which they commit themselves to involvement in a local church, the completion of mentored ministry assignments, and the pursuit of personal growth in grace. This contract unites the Seminary and the local church in providing opportunities, support, and encouragement for students as they prepare for ministry. Progress in the completion of the commitments made in the Ministry Preparation Contract is monitored through an annual interview with the Dean of Students. Click here for the MDiv Ministry Preparation Commitment and the MDiv Counseling Ministry Preparation Commitment forms, which are to be submitted for the completion of PT111 Orientation to Ministerial Formation.

Guide for Mentors and the Teaching Churches Network
The Guide for Mentors will help you understand the importance of the mentoring process. It also includes a step-by-step guide to mentoring a student in a ministry context. Mentors must complete either an M.Div. Mentor Application or an M.A. in Counseling Mentor Application.

Click here for more information on, and an application to join, the Teaching Churches Network, a growing network of churches committed to the development of Westminster Seminary students. Thank you for considering partnering with us as we seek to prepare individuals for Kingdom service.


The following pages serve as a short guide for mentors and provide a number of former student testimonies of their ministry experiences.


Dr. Tim Witmer, Director

Mr. Justin Rainey, Administrative Assistant

Office of Mentored Ministry
Westminster Theological Seminary
PO Box 27009
Philadelphia, PA 19118