Mentoring: Conversations Over Coffee

Lissa Diaz

Seven out of every 10 Bethel students are involved in mentoring or discipleship on campus, and two thirds of full-time employees serve as mentors.

For Professor of Philosophy Chad Meister, Ph.D., and junior Christian Ministries and Philosophy Major Colin Sroka, mentoring looks like conversations over coffee.

Recently, they met in Meister’s office to enjoy conversation and Costa Rican coffee that Sroka had brought back from a task force trip, brewed in a Chemex pour-over coffeemaker.

"Meeting with Dr. Meister has been so formative for my life, especially in figuring out where God was calling me in regards to ministry," says Sroka.

Not only does mentoring benefit students -- it benefits faculty and staff as well.

"Students hold so much promise for the future, and it gives me great joy to travel with them through their formative years of university study," says Meister. “Also, I know how helpful it has been for me to have guides at critical points in my journey, and I want to provide that for others.”