Mentoring: Equipping for Ministry

The Contender’s Discipleship Program helps believers to not only deepen their faith, but also to be equipped for ministry. This can look like greater leadership within the local church, or preparation to serve full-time on the mission field!

Additionally, CDI also offers the option to go through the coursework while under the wisdom and guidance of a mentor. This path is great for those considering full time ministry with Village Missions, or who simply want to work one-on-one with a spiritual mentor.

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Here's What You Need to Know

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Your Mentor

Each student selects their mentor. This could be your pastor, Bible study leader, or a Christian whom you trust. If you are unable to find a mentor, we can help you! Contact CDI Director Ron Sallee at or through our contact form if you have trouble finding a mentor.

Your mentor helps facilitate your coursework and ministry experience, which is tailored to meet your goals.

As part of your Narrative Evaluation, your mentor will work through a checklist to ensure that your coursework & mentorship is equipping you for ministry.


All students must register for each course, and submit a personal evaluation after each is completed.

Your mentor also submits an evaluation of the student after each course.

A course is not considered completed until all evaluations – both student and mentor – have been submitted online.

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Once you complete all CDI coursework and ministry experience, you may submit your completed Narrative Evaluation, which can be sent to Village Missions.

Once all paperwork is received and reviewed, a Certificate of Completion* will be sent to you!

*Certificate of Completion may be granted to those who have an approved mentor, completed mentor student evaluations, self-evaluations for each course and are based in the United States and Canada. Please submit a request through our contact form.

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Serving with Village Missions

By completing this CDI coursework and mentorship, students will fulfill the requirements and procedures involved in serving with Village Missions. For those interested in serving with another organization, that organization should be contacted regarding its requirements.