Candidacy mentors are clergy in full connection, associate members, or local pastors who have completed the Course of Study, trained to provide counsel and guidance related to the candidacy process. Candidates will be assigned to a candidacy mentor or mentoring groups to meet with until they begin serving as a local pastor or provisional member. (2016 Book of Discipline, ¶348.1a)
Clergy Mentors for Provisional Members and Local Pastors
Clergy Mentors are clergy in full connection, associate members, full-time or part-time local pastors who have completed the Course of Study trained to provide ongoing oversight and counsel with local pastors and with provisional members. (2016 Book of Discipline ¶ 348.1b).
“Mentoring occurs within a relationship where the mentor takes responsibility for creating a safe place for reflection and growth. An effective mentor has a mature faith, models effective ministry, and possesses the necessary skill to help individuals discern their call in ministry. Mentoring is a part of the preparation and growth for inquirers and candidates for ordained ministry, local pastors, and provisional members of an annual conference. Mentoring is distinct from the evaluative and supervisory process that is a part of preparation for ministry.” (2016 Book of Discipline ¶ 348.2).
What the mentor is NOT:
The mentor is never…: supervisor, expert, recorder, snitch, counselor, mother (father), fix-it-person, just a friend. (Clergy Mentoring, GBHEM)