UPGRADED TRAINING RESPONSIBILITIES OF THE MINISTRY (Revised 2018-19)
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.
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.
August 16, 2019
Rev Joe McParland shares some insights about his ministry with Clergy Support in Windsor, Ontario. Read More.
July 18, 2019
Ministry through food! Rev Suzanne Pierson shares about the Food to Share program in Picton, ON. Read More
Grants Awarded! / Subventions accordées!
May 16, 2019
April 14, 2019
We must strive to be an Easter people. Hopeful in the face of despair.
Growing in a world of stagnation. Loving in a world that too often shows cruelty.
Giving second chances where none were given before.
This Holy Week, Clergy Support Memorial Church invites you to share the burden of the cross, whether it be your friend’s, your neighbours, your own, or that of someone you don’t even know, and focus on the light ahead.
LONDON – April 4, 2019
We are sad to announce the passing of Clergy Support’s Lori Siska in March of this year. Read More
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.
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.