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