We believe God calls us to “go” and minister where people are, not just to wait for them to come to where we are at 11 on Sunday morning. That is the mandate of Christ’s “Great Commission” in the Bible.
Clergy Support Memorial Church is an independent Christian Church and part of the emerging church movement.
Our emphasis is not on buildings as in the traditional churches. An important part of our ministry is outreach to those members of the public who have no source of pastoral care. We do this through house churches, weddings, funerals, baptisms, visitation, social media, and a myriad of other pastoral methods.
Our headquarters church in Ottawa became incorporated by Letter Patent May 27, 1997. It was recognized as a registered charity May 27, 1998.
Beginning with one minister in 1994, the national Clergy Support Memorial Church now has over 600 Ordained and Appointed, Designated Ministers (DM) in various Provinces.
UPGRADED TRAINING RESPONSIBILITIES OF THE MINISTRY (Revised 2019)
Each new minister shall finish the following units of ministerial study and training. Some of these units following are available on this page and also to be found in our Ministers Training Institute:
Theology – The History of Religions
Planning and Conduct of Services of Worship
Ordained or Appointed Ministry
Ethics and Morality – Pastoral Counseling
Pastoral Care – Bereavement Ministry
Practice of Holy Communion
Baptism & Welcoming ceremonies
Considerations for Diverse Sexualities and Genders
CONTINUING EDUCATION (LEARNING FOR LIFE). It is the minister’s responsibility to assess his or her own interests and talents, to continue professional development each year, and to assist the congregation to develop other leadership and initiatives where she or he does not, or cannot, become active. It is particularly important that the minister be clear on the limits and limitations of his or her counseling.
TIME MANAGEMENT. Each minister will determine with the local Board use of his or her time. The emphasis of an individual’s ministry will be his or her choice. It is the minister’s duty to be responsive to the needs of the people from the selection of sermon topics to the necessity and frequency of parish calling.
EXPECTATIONS. Congregation and minister must seriously examine their respective expectations concerning the minister’s participation in committee work and in meetings within and without the congregation. Attendance at meetings relevant to the society’s program is part of the minister’s work week. However, a minister should be expected to spend no more than three nights per week involved in parish-related activities.
Online Lenten worship
Feb 15, 2024
Rev Gail Fricker of Stratford, ON is running a weekly online Lenten worship session through her CrossWalk ministry. Send a note through her website to be added to the group. You can check it out here.
Answering the Call
Feb 9, 2024
Rev Kerry Fong-Jean writes about her journey through the ordination process with CSMC. Read more.
Micro-Grant Supports Out of the Closet Project
Jan 24, 2024
Rev Amanda Zuke explains how a micro-grant helped Sault Pride solidify a popular and supportive community service in Sault Ste Marie. Read more.
Rev Dawn Brown
Jan 9, 2024
We are saddened to pass along the news that CSMC Rev Dawn Brown of Ottawa passed away in December. Read more.
Winter Clergy Talks
Jan 8, 2024
The Clergy Talks schedule is now available. Taking place every 3rd Wednesday of the month from 7 PM to 8:30 PM (EST) on Zoom, this is a chance for clergy to come together and learn. Read more.
Dec 14, 2023
Rev. Casey McKibbon has announced the 2023 Christmas Fundraiser. Every dollar will go to support hospices and homeless and women’s shelters that CSMC works with. For more information and to donate, click here.
News Archive To read past stories, please click here.
We are committed to continuing to give back to the communities we serve.
Our clergy across Canada also give back to their individual communities both financially and with their time as volunteers.
Please feel free to contact our chief Governing Official if you have questions or need clarification on any matter raised.
Chief Governing Official
Kenmore (Ottawa), Ontario
We would like to acknowledge that the land on which our church headquarters gathers is the traditional unceded territory of the Algonquin Anishnaabeg People.