Mentoring occurs within a relationship where the mentor takes responsibility for creating a safe place for reflection and growth. . . . Mentoring is a part of the preparation and growth for inquirers and candidates for ordained ministry. . . . Mentoring is distinct from the evaluative and supervisory process that is a part of preparation for ministry.
United Methodist Book of Discipline ¶349
There are two categories of mentor: candidacy mentor and clergy mentor. Each has distinct functions and responsibilities. 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 mentoring group wherever possible, or to a candidacy mentor by the district committee on ordained ministry in consultation with the vocational discernment coordinator (wherever named) and the district superintendent.
United Methodist Book of Discipline ¶ 349.1a
Rev. Vida Williams, Vocational Discernment Coordinator (BOM)
Nancy Meredith, BOM Administrator
Rev. Blake Bradford, Center for Vitality Staff
Residency In Ministry Webpage (Current Provisional Residents and Residency Mentor/Group Facilitators)
Mentoring Reporting Form AR080 (PDF) coming soon
Ministry Checklist Form AR035 (Candidacy – 4 page PDF) coming soon
- GBHEM Candidacy Website
- The Arkansas Conference Board of Ordained Ministry
- ARUMC Orientation To Ministry
- Explore Calling
- UMCARES Resources (GBHEM)
- ARUMC Residency In Ministry Resources for Provisional Members and Mentors
- FAQs for Youth: I think God wants to hire me – What do I need to know?
- FAQs for College Students: I’m a college student, and I think God may be calling me into ministry – What do I need to know?
- FAQs for Seminarians: God seems set on hiring me – What do I need to know?
- Ordained Ministry Videos
- Steps Into Ordained Ministry
- Starting Candidacy
- Navigating the Online Candidacy Process