You can find our list of mentors and coaches here.
Our advice is to approach one mentor/coach at a time and to finish the interaction with that mentor/coach before contacting someone else.
If the mentor/coach is able to offer mentoring and coaching, they will be in touch with you. If for any reason they are unable to offer support at that time, approach another mentor or coach. There may be many reasons why a mentor/coach is unable to offer support at the time you ask.
Each mentor and coach signs up to our Values and Ethical Framework when they register, within the framework we state: “Maintain appropriate confidentiality throughout the mentoring/coaching relationship and afterwards”. Therefore please feel free to ask what this means to your potential mentor/coach when you speak to them. Mentors and coaches would not be asked to share any information about their mentors/coachees with CCMN.
It is up to you as a mentee/coachee to negotiate the relationship with the mentor/coach at the beginning of the relationship and then at any point you wish. If they provide you a contract read through it carefully before you sign it, especially regarding any payment. Remember that the mentoring or coaching contract is between you and the mentor or coach. CCMN does not get involved in your agreement with your mentor/coach.
From time to time we all encounter disagreements or difficulties in relationships in our lives. This can happen in mentoring and coaching as well. Mentors and coaches
are usually able to navigate difficulties in relationships, and help reach an amicable outcome.
The Christian Coach and Mentor Network does not enter into specific disputes with mentors/coaches and mentees/coaches. The Christian Coach and Mentor Network provides a service of information only. The mentee/coachee should check the relevant details of a mentor or coach for themselves and be satisfied that the mentor or coach is fit to practise and has the relevant proofs of any qualifications requested prior to the commencement of any work.
Where the Christian Coach and Mentor Network has been contacted with a complaint or difficulty, there will be an expectation that the mentor or coach be in contact with the mentee or coachee, to try and resolve the difficulty.
If the Christian Coach and Mentor Network is contacted following a dispute that has not been able to be solved, our Complaints procedure will be followed, and a decision will be made about the
mentor or coach profile in relation to the adherence to the Values and Ethical Framework of the Christian Coach and Mentor Network. If there is a more serious difficulty, involving legal issues, this is outside of the remit of the Christian Coach and Mentor Network. It is advised that the statutory services are contacted.
The mentors and coaches opt into the areas they consider they are skilled at providing mentoring and coaching for. Some people have done many different roles and are able to effectively mentor or coach people from any category. Ask the individual mentors or coaches when the last time they were a leader, or led a youth group if you want more information and it is not on their profile.
Sometimes church denominations offer their own mentoring and coaching systems. Check with your local church. Or consider coaching and mentoring via Skype or another online package. Some of our coaches and mentors successfully offer support and never meet their mentorees or coachees! However if you are still not able to find anyone then email us at firstname.lastname@example.org and we will see if we can help you.
Some of the mentors and coaches have official training and are accredited professionally through various external organisations, while some are trained informally.
If someone has less training this does not necessarily mean they will not be as good at mentoring and coaching as often our mentors/coaches have years of experience – often this is as good as a qualification!
In addition many of our mentors and coaches keep themselves updated through Regional Mentoring Support Groups and continual training, as well as having a supervisory relationship. This is not the case for everyone though. When you decide to approach a mentor or coach who is not accredited (or even if they are) there may be certain questions you want to consider, below we offer some sample questions you may wish to ask:
- How do you keep updated in your mentoring and coaching? (e.g. do you attend courses?)
- Do you have someone who regularly supervises you? Is the supervisor trained?
- Do you have contact with other mentors and coaches? How regularly do you do this?
- Do you have indemnity insurance to cover your mentoring or coaching work?
- Is there a church to whom are you accountable to in your mentoring or coaching?
You may have some of your own questions as well.
Mentors and coaches indicate on their biography/profile whether they are willing to work with some form of digital package. If you are unsure, please discuss this with a mentor or coach, or drop us an email. Some mentors and coaches prefer to work totally face-to-face; some mentors and coaches like a combination of Skype and face-to-face; others are happy to Skype for all sessions.
The Christian Coach and Mentor Network website is a provider of information and a way of meeting a mentor or coach. When mentors and coaches apply to our site we ask for two references – the first is a church or spiritual leader reference which confirms whether the mentor or coach has a current DBS (Disclosure and Barring Service) check and what safeguarding training they have completed as well as asking if they believe the prospective mentor/coach is able to offer these services. Then a character reference is also requested from someone they have mentored or coached (the exception to this is when the coach or mentor is professionally accredited as the accreditation requires their mentoring and coaching to be checked). And every mentor or coach registering on our website agrees to adhere to our Values and Ethical Framework.
However is still remains the responsibility of you as the potential mentee/coachee, to satisfy yourself that you are happy to enter into a mentoring or coaching relationship with an individual. The Christian Coach and Mentor Network does not accept any liability for the credibility of the individuals listed on our site.
If there is a problem with a mentor or coach and you wish to report this, please contact us here. We would expect any individual to attempt to resolve any issues with the individual concerned prior to contacting the administrator at The Christian Coach and Mentor Network. See the full complaints procedure here.
You can expect the mentor/coach to give you information about the way they practice mentoring or coaching and to advise you if they charge for the service. If they do not give you this information please ask.
The mentor/coach will then work with you as you begin mentoring and coaching and to advise you if there is any reason why the relationship cannot be maintained.
As a mentee or coachee, it is expected that you will jointly work and be responsible for your own development and decisions at all times. Any advice that is offered is merely that: you are in charge of your own decisions.
Preparation for your mentoring and coaching sessions will yield greater results and will benefit your progress. If you are not prepared to engage with the challenges and outcomes of your mentoring/coaching in between sessions, you might then question your commitment to the mentoring/coaching process at that time.
Sometimes there are seasons in life when mentoring and coaching is more difficult. Be honest about this with your mentor/coach. Mentoring/coaching could be postponed in an agreed way – in some situations this might be better than trying to keep the commitment amid difficult times.
If you have any further questions or there is anything that concerns you please contact us.