Clergy Support Memorial Church

A passion to reach those who live beyond the reach of traditional church culture

Sun shining through the clouds


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 Preaching
Ordained or Appointed Ministry (3units)
Ethics and Morality – Pastoral Counseling
Pastoral Care – Bereavement Ministry
Publicity, Promotion as Outreach
Marriage Ministry (5 units) – Clergy training & support (4 units)
Practice of Holy Communion – Baptism & Welcoming ceremonies
Religious Education (Adults and Children)
Parish Administration – Community Leadership – The Arts

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.


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 only 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.

Definitions and descriptions of how we minister vary from Province to Province but we always follow the individual Provincial Marriage Act to the letter of the law.



For most of us, we start this season of Easter by saying: “The Lord is risen!” to which we reply: “The Lord is risen, indeed, Alleluia!” this is a time of deep joy… Read More.


LENT 2020

Lent is a time to look deeply inside of ourselves, recognize the parts of us that need some work and make an earnest effort to correct what needs correction… Read More.


Working for Peace
February 18th, 2020

Rev Adele Boy discusses acting out her faith in the service of peace and justice in the context of Palestine and Israel. Read More.


Spiritual Care in a Hospice Setting
January 15th, 2020

Learn more about Rev Amanda Jewell’s chaplaincy work at the newly opened Nipissing Serenity Hospice. Read More.


Giving Back at Christmas
December 20, 2019

When you love Christmas as much as Nicholas Scime, it’s an easy leap to turn a family party into a charity event. Scime, a clergy member with Clergy Support Memorial Church, and his wife Caroline hosted their third annual Christmas fundraiser… Read More.


December 1, 2019

As we travel through advent the light increases. We add another candle to the wreath and we add Hope, Peace, Joy and Love to our toolbox to face the coming year. We must… Read More.


New Reflection!
August 16, 2019

Rev Joe McParland shares some insights about his ministry with Clergy Support in Windsor, Ontario. Read More.


Grants Awarded! / Subventions accordées!
May 16, 2019

Click here for the results of the 2019 call for micro-grant applications.


News Archive To read past stories, please click here.


Giving Back

Clergy Support is committed to continuing to give back to the communities we serve and to the wider world around us in 2019.

Our many clergy across Canada also give back to their individual communities both financially and with their time as volunteers.

View some of the organizations we support.

Please feel free to contact our chief Governing Official if you have questions or need clarification on any matter raised.

Casey McKibbon

Casey McKibbon
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.