Faith mentoring has been a topic of great interest to me over the last few years. I am actively involved in a handful of mentoring partnerships with other men and I find these relationships very fulfilling. The early Wesleyans championed the cause of twin souls or mentoring pairs. Wesley put pairs together to help each other as "soul friends" or "spiritual friends".
I recently spoke with Tom Nees with regards to mentoring. He is part of an organization that helps equip and train people to mentor. Although, he is more directly involved in clergy mentoring which is a big need in our denomination. He writes an excellent article on mentoring found here: http://leadingtoserve.com/?p=376
Tom asks a very simple question: Are you mentoring and are you being mentored?
Many claim to have "mentors" but few can describe the mentoring process formally speaking. In other words, formal mentoring requires upfront agreement, disciplined conversation and the pursuit of intentional goals.