Converge mentorships work because students choose an experienced and trusted leader from their own community to be their Mentor.
Here are six vital elements that make a successful Converge Mentorship:
1. shared mission
Make a prayerful decision to walk through this life-changing missional internship together.
2. defined commitment
Define when, where, and how many times you will meet. A weekly phone call (or email while on the field) is a minimum commitment. Mentors stay in touch, however they do not travel with students.
3. productive connections
In addition to prayer and counsel, Mentors share their network of relationships. The aim is to encourage your community to send the Student with prayers and support.
4. trusting relationship
Trust is a requirement to make a mentorship work. So the Student chooses their Mentor from their own community. Students should not overuse that trust.
5. empowering opportunity
Mentors pray for and with their Student. The relationship should be a mutual encouragement.
6. review & renew
To continually improve Converge, we send Mentors and Students a questionnaire to evaluate the mentorship experience and the internship program.
who can mentor?
Because Students choose their own, we do not register Mentors. But that does not mean you cannot be a Mentor with Converge.
You could start by being a Mentor to Students in your church community. You could advise your Student Mentee to consider a Converge Internship. They will likely choose you based on your trusting relationship.
What if your Student does not choose you?
Even if your Student does not choose you as their Converge Mentor, you can still pray and advocate for them as they raise funds and travel to make a difference.
- First Meeting
- Online Training
- Preparing to Go
- Cross-Cultural Adjustment
- Vision for Project
- Celebrate & Evaluate
Converge is a YWAM initiative offering students an opportunity to make a unique contribution based on their skill set and individual calling. It combines YWAM values and international network with online training, a personal mentorship, and practical service in a global community.
‘”I’m impressed by my mentor’s faith in prayer. She believes what we pray in his will – will happen. Often when I hear her praying I realize how specific she prays and that she asks for what I really wish – what I really long for from God. Further she uses Bible verses to underline her prayer – this is something I’d like to learn more.” – Peacemaking intern to Lebanon