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Mentors (80015-MH-¶349.1b)

Amend ¶349.1.b as follows:
  
¶349.1.b) Clergy mentors are clergy in full connection, associate members, or full-time local pastors who have completed the course of study, who are trained to provide ongoing oversight and counsel with local pastors and with probationary members pursuing ordained ministry. Local pastors will be assigned a clergy mentor by the district committee on ordained ministry in consultation with the district superintendent. Probationary members will be assigned a clergy mentor in full connection by the conference Board of ordained ministry in consultation with the district superintendent. A candidacy mentor may continue with the same person if trained to serve as a clergy mentor.
  
For the sake of consistency:
Amend ¶419(e)

¶419.  The district superintendent shall oversee the total ministry of the clergy and of the churches in the communities of the district in their missions of witness and service in the world:
  
(e) by nominating clergy in full connection to serve in the ministry of mentoring candidates, commissioned ministers, local pastors and other probationary members;

Rationale

This small wording change is intended to clarify the roles of local pastors and probationary members.  Discipline ¶348(b) allows associate members and full-time local pastors to be trained and assigned as clergy mentors.