The essence of an effective mentoring scheme is the one-to-one relationship between a Personal Mentor and his mentee. It is vital that the Lodge Mentor takes the time to consider who is best placed to act as a Personal Mentor, paying particular attention to the age and interests of the brethren in question. Within a Lodge, the Lodge Mentor holds a largely managerial and supportive function, supporting the individual Personal Mentors and overseeing his Lodge's mentoring scheme. He is responsible for the operation of the scheme within his Lodge and must therefore ensure he understands his responsibilities, and is trained in what needs to be done. To enable a mentoring scheme to succeed, the role of a Lodge is as follows.
1. To implement a mentoring scheme. The scheme may be locally developed by the Lodge Mentor, or drawn from external resources, such as those provided by a Provincial Grand Lodge, or another Lodge operating within the English Constitution.
2. To appoint a Lodge Mentor who will:
- develop a mentoring scheme for use within his Lodge;
- ensure all new members receive a fitting introduction to Freemasonry;
- assign an appropriate and carefully-selected Personal Mentor to each new Mason;
- ensure Personal Mentors know where to turn when they reach the limit of their own experience, or when they require additional or specialist information;
- manage and track the progress of the mentoring scheme operating within his Lodge;
- update his Lodge's mentoring scheme as required;
- ensure the members of his Lodge understand the concept of mentoring, and that their behaviour supports its objectives;
- encourage Masonic education, using material provided by his Provincial and Grand Lodge, and his own experience;
- liaise and work closely with the Provincial Grand Mentor, sharing ideas and information as requested;
- take an active role in the Province, supporting Provincial mentoring events and exposing his Lodge members to the latest initiatives;
- is willing to assume the office for a number of years (a previous of three to six years is recommended).
A good Lodge Mentor will oversee a team of Personal Mentors who he has trained in anticipation of an applicant for Freemasonry. Many Provinces run regular workshops for Lodge and Personal Mentors in an attempt to support their Lodges, and to ensure Lodge, and Personal Mentors are aware of their duties and responsibilities.