The Christian Coach and Mentor Network is a digital hub for Christian mentoring and coaching in the UK. We are passionate about Christian mentoring and coaching, about overall consistency in the work that is offered from Christian mentors and coaches, and about the Christian community working together to provide a valuable and worthwhile service to those seeking a Christian mentor or coach. The pressures of Christian ministry demands a wide range of gifts, skills and a depth of spirituality. As demanding as this is, many have also found themselves isolated and have been looking for mentors and coaches to travel with them. Those who have found mentors and coaches testify to the impact on their life and leadership, but many struggle to find a mentor or coach, often not knowing who to ask or where to go.
The Christian Coach and Mentor Network is a project under Chapel House Ministries, a space of unhurried encouragement, good food, laughter, honesty, passion, and (in the words of a recent visitor) “the finest puddings in all the ‘Shire.” Our team includes the trustees of Chapel House, a leadership team and an operations team. You can meet us here
Our website provides access to Christian coaches and mentors for anyone looking for this support in the UK with categories for youth, church leadership and general mentoring. We also provide a central hub for training, resources. local support and supervision. In the future we are planning regional and national events to support coaches and mentors across the UK plus more resources including webinars and training to ensure the standard of coaching and mentoring in the Christian world is as high as possible.
The Christian Coach and Mentor Network evolved out of a pilot project, known as Mentor Connect formed in 2015. Paul Wilcox, Alison Cansdale and Jennie Fytche, our current leadership team, were all part of this initial project and we are thrilled that they are still driving the project today.
Mentor Connect worked to create a dedicated website that linked church leaders with carefully selected and equipped Christian mentors who were able to offer their time and wisdom. It grew out of a shared concern that leaders continue to face significant challenges to lead and grow the Church to fulfil its calling to reach and affect the nation for Christ. The mentoring/coaching and digital worlds have changed significantly since the early days of Mentor Connect.
After over a year of project managing the initiative, Alison worked with a group of nationally recognised mentors coaches and trainers to expand the vision and work on this digital hub, changing the name to The Mentor Network. One of the Bible verses that was significant in this formation was Isaiah 45:2, ‘enlarge the place of your tent, stretch your curtains wide, do not hold back, lengthen your cords and tighten your stakes.’ So the vision of The Mentor Network has widened to go further than the predecessor Mentor Connect. The Mentor Network connects not just leaders, but youth workers and anyone wanting a spiritual mentor. The work has widened as well in acknowledging the different types of Christian mentors and coaches that exist ensuring that those who have experience as well as those with formal qualifications have space to offer their services to others.
In 2019 The Mentor Network underwent further changes, changing it’s name to the Christian Coach and Mentor Network recognising that coaching and mentoring co-exist and both have benefits and moving to be a project under Chapel House Ministries. In addition an operations manager and team were employed to ensure that the website and other facilities offered were presented and run in a professional manner.
We look forward to developing our services more to ensure this vital work in the Christian Community in the UK continues.