The Masonic Mentoring site and Membership Development
The Masonic Mentoring site is a resource for those developing the Masonic experience, knowledge and skills of Freemasons, an activity becoming known as “Membership Development”. Masonic Membership Development seeks to address the renewal of our Membership by focusing on the personal experience of Masons in their Masonic journey.
The journey begins even before a potential candidate has submitted his application for Initiation; it continues through the degree ceremonies and beyond. The Masonic journey must be in harmony with the personal affairs of the Mason, in other words compatible with his domestic and employment situation. Masonry must reach out to those who, for one reason or another no longer feel able to participate in their Lodges; Masonry must care for our whole membership (including our families) whether we regularly attend or not. Membership Development is concerned with Membership Recruitment, Retention and Retrieval: the three Rs of the 3R Library. There are already many proven practises in Lodges: the purpose of the 3R Library is to share these widely.
The Content of the Masonic Mentoring site
The Masonic Mentoring site should be considered a work in progress: it will never be complete or finished. The content of the Library is drawn from across Masonry under the English Constitution and beyond. It is presented as a collection of material, organised in a way to be useful to Provinces (including London and the Districts) and Lodges. It is not prescriptive but presented as reference material, providing examples of techniques that have proved successful in the “3Rs”.
Masonic Mentoring - the first section of the Masonic Mentoring site
The first content of the Masonic Mentoring site is a section on Masonic Mentoring. This section is an edited version of the report recommended to the Rulers Forum by the Working Party on Mentoring.
If you’re a member of a team encouraging Mentoring within a Province, take a look at the “Provinces” section. The section gives examples of the responsibilities of a Provincial Mentor and his team, presents ideas for encouraging Mentoring in a Province and describes how to measure the effectiveness of Mentoring.
If you’re interested in developing a Mentoring Scheme within a Lodge, take a look at the “Lodges” section. It describes how to find Mentors for candidates, how to bring applicants through the interview process and then, as candidates, prepare them for Initiation; it describes why Mentoring is important and the skills necessary to be a successful Mentor. Finally, this section provides examples of materials to be used in conjunction with the Mason as he progresses through the degree ceremonies.
In the text above and throughout the Library, a regional Masonic jurisdiction is referred to as a "Province" (equivalently the word "Provincial" is used). This is simply an expediency to avoid the need to repeatedly state the more cumbersome "Metropolitan area, Province or District", etc.