Clergy Standards

  1. The Ordered Ministry of the Clergy Support Memorial Church (CSMC) shall consist of two categories of clergy. Those who are Ordained and those who are Appointed as Designated Ministers (DM).
  2. Candidates for the Ordered Ministry when accepted may be Appointed to meet specific needs of the Church under the designation Designated Minister .
  3. A DM may be assigned exclusively to the ministry of conducting Life Celebrations like Funerals, Baptisms and Wedding Ceremonies plus some Pastoral Care.
  4. A lay person may be a candidate to be Appointed a Designated Minister because of their previous life experience. Life experience will include education, giving back to the community, serving a church in a variety of positions, financial responsibilities, work history and age etc. Life experience will be treated as analogous to academic training.
  5. Life Learning. All Candidates will give CSMC an undertaking that they shall pursue a course of study to improve their Ministerial skills on a continuing basis once accepted into the Ministry.
  6. Such continuing education programs will be available for review by the Governing official at his/her pleasure.
  7. All candidates Ordained by, and in good standing with, another Religious Body may present their ministerial credentials to CSMC for possible recognition. If accepted, their Ordination may be recognized and they may be added to our roll as Ordained Ministers.
  8. The duty of inquiry into the personal character, doctrinal beliefs, and general fitness for ministry of all candidates shall be laid upon the Chief Governing official of the Church or his/her delegate.
  9. The Ordered or Appointed Designated Minister shall be open to all persons no matter their gender or sexual orientation.
  10. The Privacy of each candidate shall be protected by the Privacy Act.
  11. Any minister who, upon review, is deemed not qualified to minister according to the rites and usages of the Church may be removed from the roll by the Chief Governing Officiant or his/her delegate and the respective Provincial Government notified.
  12. All such actions may be reviewed upon the request for an appeal by the minister removed.
  13. Each successful candidate may be nominated to the respective Provincial authorities to be registered to solemnize marriage in their Province of residence and service. This nomination will be at the discretion of the Chief Governing Official.

All qualified Ministers serve one of the following Divisions:

  1. A Pastoral Charge

Means one or more congregations constituted by the Church into a pastoral unit that meets for worship according to the polity of the CSMC.

  1. A Mission

One or more groups of people meeting together and recognized by the National Church Board, but not fully organized or constituted as a Pastoral Charge or a Congregation by the CSMC. Examples of worshiping missions are: a House Church, a study group, a branch or local unit, various midweek groups meeting for mutual Pastoral Care, etc. It is normal that these units of outreach are headquartered in the pastor’s home.

  1. An Outreach Ministry

Is an outreach ministry other than a Pastoral Charge or Mission. Examples of Outreach Ministries are conducting Life Celebrations such as weddings and funerals. In the case of Appointed Ministers whose primary focus is on conducting life celebrations, their offices will normally be in their homes. Other examples include various types of chaplaincies such as: hospital chaplains, nursing home chaplains (paid or volunteer), university or penal institution chaplains, outreach to various ethnic minorities, involvement in homeless shelters and various social service centers, community projects, other chaplaincies, street ministries of social justice, etc.

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