Characteristics of a Good Mentor: Seeks Understanding & Your Best Interests

A good mentor will be interested in how your upbringing and experiences influence your perception of the world and your decisions. . . . wanting the best for you doesn’t necessarily mean always telling you that everything you are doing is great. . . . Gaining perspective on your role in God’s bigger picture is one of the most valuable outcomes of a healthy mentoring relationship.Read more…

5 Characteristics You Probably Didn’t Know to Look for in a Mentor: Introduction

How can grad students identify good mentors? In this series, we’ll look at 5 characteristics that are useful to look for in a mentor. Keep in mind that it may not be realistic to find a single individual who exhibits all of these characteristics. You might need to look for a group of people . . .Read more…

Teaching Tips: Grace and Identity

As an undergraduate, I found it very difficult to contribute to class discussions—sometimes I was too shy to speak up, other times I simply couldn’t think of anything to say. The struggle persisted into graduate school, where I pushed myself to participate, but was still frustrated and disappointed in my performance. I suspected that my professors were too.Read more…

Making the Second City Church Lenten Cross

I professed faith in Christ in 1970, right as I was completing my M.F.A. in sculpture. I was living in Baltimore, where I studied at the Rinehart School of Sculpture, Maryland Institute College of Art (MICA). The results of my conversion were mixed. My behavior certainly changed in some positive ways, but artistically I was stymied. I could not find any contemporary role models.Read more…

Jesus Among the Scholars: InterVarsity Faculty Conferences, Summer 2017

Are you a professor looking for ways to connect with other faculty who care deeply about integrating faith and academic vocation? Do you long for a time of reflection and prayer this summer? Would you like to learn from others and share your own stories? InterVarsity Grad/Faculty Ministries has four summer faculty conferences in different regions of the US. Read more…