Alongside Mentor Training

Takes approximately 9 hours to complete.


Training more than one person?


Course Description

“One of society’s abiding needs is to develop and mature its leaders. I believe this is more true now than ever, and I also believe that mentoring has become the best means of achieving these goals. The give-and-take of mentoring seems to me to be the best way of guiding leaders toward expanding their potential.” – Max De Pree, Leadership Jazz

Mentoring is essential to learning and leading, but the world desperately needs more mentors. Emerging leaders need encouragement and support from people further down the path. They need others to come alongside them to help them flourish. That could be you!

We developed this course primarily to equip and encourage those thinking about becoming mentors. Yet experienced mentors have also appreciated this course because it offers a fresh perspective on mentoring that’s biblical and informed by social science research. Wherever you are on your mentoring journey, we hope this course will help you grow in your knowledge and confidence so that you can invest in others the experience and wisdom that God has given you. 

This course consists of 5 units:

  • Unit 1: Introduction to the Course
  • Unit 2: Understanding Mentoring
  • Unit 3: Overcoming Your Reluctance to Mentor
  • Unit 4: Recognizing What You Can Contribute
  • Unit 5: Taking Steps to Come Alongside Someone

Related Products

The De Pree Center also offers Alongside as a four-week online class. You can find more information about upcoming sessions here.

To further enhance your mentoring skills, consider signing up for the De Pree Center’s Mentoring Skills Workshop

Additional mentoring resources are available at

Meet Your Instructors

Meryl Herr

Dr. Meryl Herr is the director of research and resources at the Max De Pree Center for Leadership at Fuller Seminary where she designs and conducts research studies that add to the understanding of what helps marketplace leaders flourish. She also oversees the conversion of research findings into resources that will serve leaders across industries and seasons of life.

Meryl earned a BS from Vanderbilt University and an MDiv and PhD (Educational Studies) from Trinity Evangelical Divinity School. Her doctoral research focused on the role of imagining the future in vocational discipleship. After completing her doctorate, Meryl pursued additional training by completing a graduate certificate in Educational Research Methods through the University of Illinois at Chicago.

In addition to working at the De Pree Center, Meryl is the owner of The GoodWorks Group, a consulting firm specializing in educational program planning and evaluation. She collects and analyzes data to help her clients make informed decisions about their educational programs.

Meryl is an affiliate professor for Fuller Seminary’s Doctor of Ministry program. She previously taught as an adjunct professor for Cornerstone University’s Professional and Graduate Studies Division as well as for Trinity Evangelical Divinity School.

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