Below are some resources about pastoral mentoring shared at the Ohio Conference Mentor/Mentee Retreat.

Mentor/Mentee Resource List
Dwelling in the Word – Mark 10:35-45
Mentoring in the Bible
Best Practices for Mentoring
Competency Grid
Growing in Ministry


General Resources:

  • Beliefs by John Roth
  • Practices by John Roth
  • Stories by John Roth
  • Never Call Them Jerks: Healthy Responses to Difficult Behaviors by Arthur Paul Boers
  • Strengthening the Soul of Your Leadership by Ruth Haley Barton


Resources corresponding to Competency Grid:

Biblical Story:

  • God’s Healing Strategy: An Introduction to the Bible’s main Themes by Ted Grimsrud
  • Believers Church Bible Commentary


Anabaptist/Mennonite story, theology and convictions:

  • The Naked Anabaptist: The Bare Essentials of a Radical Faith by Stuart Murray
  • Road Signs for the Journey: A Profile of Mennonite Church USA by Conrad L. Kanagy
  • Politics of Jesus by John H. Yoder


Christian Spirituality/Discipleship

  • LifeSpring School of Spiritual Formation (see Dana Short, Central Mennonite Church)
  • Books by Dallas Willard or Richard Rohr
  • Prayer by Richard Foster


Self-understanding and self-awareness, Emotional Intelligence:

  • Clergy Clinic in Family Emotional Process, a training offered by Lombard Mennonite Peace Center
  • Spirituality for Ministry by Urban T. Holmes
  • The Enneagram—A Christian Perspective by Richard Rohr and Andreas Ebert
  • Clinical Pastoral Education


Contextual awareness:

  • No substitute for cross cultural interactions
  • Body Politics by John H. Yoder
  • Visits to intentional communities like Reba Place, Koinonia Farms, Church of the Savior, etc.



Leading the Team-based Church by George Cladis (not just for multiple staff congregations, but working with volunteers as well)