Learning Site Mentor
The mentoring component of LAMP is designed to help the student attain a greater balance of growth during the course of study. This individual is a mature, seasoned and experience minister of the gospel. Mentor is to provide spiritual, emotional and pastoral support. In most cases, this will be your local pastor. As you work beside your mentor, you will gain insight and a wealth of practical experience. It is the blending of reformed doctrines (academics) and practical ministry that can help transform a student. We see this example in the life of Jesus and his disciples; as well as with Paul and Timothy in the training of leadership.
* Learning Site Coordinators are to assign mentors to all students
All mentors must sincerely believe the fundamental doctrines of the Christian faith. Among other equally biblical truths, we believe and maintain the following:
- The organic divine inspiration of the Scriptures in the original languages, their consequent inerrancy and infallibility, and, as the Word of God, the supreme and final authority in faith and life;
- The Triune God: Father, Son and Holy Spirit;
- The essential, absolute, eternal deity, and the real and proper, but sinless, humanity of our Lord Jesus Christ;
- His birth of the Virgin Mary;
- His substitutionary, expiatory death, in that He gave His life “a ransom for many”;
- His resurrection from among the dead in the same body in which He was crucified, and the second coming of this same Jesus in power and great glory;
- The total depravity of man through the Fall;
- Salvation, the effect of regeneration by the Spirit and the Word, not by works, but by grace through faith;
- The everlasting bliss of the saved, and the everlasting suffering of the lost;
- The real spiritual unity in Christ of all redeemed by His precious blood;
- The necessity of maintaining, according to the Word of God, the purity of the Church in doctrine and life.
In addition, mentors are to agree with the Westminster Confession of Faith and Catechisms as containing the system of doctrine taught in Scripture
Every mentor is to be actively engaged in the work of the visible church. He is to be a member and under the discipline of a church or presbytery. He is regularly to attend the stated services of worship. His church is to be in full accord with the fundamental doctrines of the Christian faith.
Every mentor must profess faith in the Lord Jesus Christ as the Son of God and his Savior and Lord. It is expected that they will be exemplary in their personal faith and conduct. This includes a consistent testimony personally, at home, at church, at work, and in society at large. Their lives are to be marked by daily Bible reading and prayer, and active attendance and service in the church. They are to cultivate the Christian virtues, as God enables. They must be free from practices or habits which are harmful or damaging to his Christian testimony. Since they will be training future ministers of the gospel, their life is to be such that students can observe as an example of a useful Christian minister.
It is expected that every mentor are ordained individuals (RE or TE) with a standard equivalent to the PCA requirements. Occasionally some mentors may not meet this standard, but possess uncommon ability and accomplishment in a particular area.