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.
Religious Dates in March
March 01, 2021
Here is a look ahead at significant religious celebrations over the next month. Read More
Feb 24, 2021
Rev Robert Chaffey discusses political activism combined with hands-on ministry, and the disappointment of government not supporting momentum in the community for change. Read More
Feb 18, 2021
This year presents us with a new temptation. Let’s focus on resisting it during Lent. Read more
Feb 17, 2021
We’re introducing a great organization that we regularly support and passing on their Ash Wednesday prayer. Generous Space Ministries works to dismantle religious-based harm, pursue intersectional justice, and celebrate LGBTQ2+ lives in both the church and our world. Read More
Feb 4, 2021
Thanks to all clergy who applied for a micro-grant in late 2020. We’re pleased to support a variety of excellent ministries and projects. Read more
Online Memorial Service
Jan 9, 2021
Rev Carolyn Hamilton-Kuby came to us with the idea to record an online memorial service to offer comfort to those who are not able to gather in groups to celebrate departed loved ones at this time. Take a look at the result and share it around. Read More
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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 gathers is the traditional unceded territory of the Algonquin Anishnaabeg People.