MAP Programme – for Mentors


World Outreach’s MAP exists to assist prospective missionaries on their journey to the mission field.

Anyone who can help 100 missionaries to the field is more important than one missionary on the field [unless you are one of the missionaries who go in the will of God].” (Ralph Winter)

The information below is for experienced missionaries who wish to become MAP mentors.

What is mentoring

A way of enabling a mentee to gain the skills, knowledge and confidence to develop and nurture their calling, and of giving them access to impartial, non-judgemental guidance and support. Mentors motivate, inspire and support, validate and encourage their mentees.  MAP mentoring is

  • a one-on-one relationship, usually over a period of time
  • voluntary, meaning that the mentee or mentor can stop at any time
  • a two-way process, where mentor and mentee work together
  • confidential

The most effective mentors also improve their own leadership skills. As you assist your mentee, you have the chance to reflect on and articulate your own expertise and experience–something you probably don’t take time to do otherwise. Along the way, you may see patterns you didn’t spot before.

Ideally mentoring should be face-to-face, but missionaries are spread out, and this is almost never achieved.  Meaningful relationships can be formed via skype and emails.

A complete set of check lists and resources have been developed as guidelines for mentors to help you to be effective.

If you are considering becoming a MAP mentor, below is some characteristics of an IDEAL MAP mentor:

  • World Outreach Mission Partner
  • Good listener – mentees benefit greatly from the opportunity of having a good mentor listen to them. Allow them to explore their thoughts and ideas openly with you. This will often help them unravel their thinking and gain insights about a situation as they share their concerns with you
  • Show genuine interest in your mentee’s development – a good mentor has the desire to help develop people to their full potential and therefore MAP mentoring is not just a task to be done, but a passionate effort to help others find their calling and developing their effectiveness
  • Asks open questions – it’s a great way to get your mentee to think through situations themselves
  • Not intimidated to do follow-up on tasks given and giving helpful feedback – not all feedback is helpful. A good mentor knows this and will deliver feedback in a way that will help their mentee gain insight to further develop specific qualities or skills. For example, a good mentor will always ask for permission to give feedback before doing so.
  • Integrity – Trust worthy, dependable; always sticks with appointments and deliver on promises
  • Be real – share experiences which are appropriate; be open to sharing your mistakes and failures too, as these are often where our biggest lessons are learned.
  • Acknowledge achievements – highlight for your mentee any achievements they might have forgotten, to help build their confidence. Celebrate their successes.

 If you are interested in becoming a MAP mentor, contact Betsy V