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Credentialed Ministry in the FMCiC. Do your best to present yourself to God as one approved, a worker who does not need to be ashamed and who correctly handles the word of truth. 2 Timothy 2:15. Credentialed Ministry in the FMCiC.

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credentialed ministry in the fmcic
Credentialed Ministry in the FMCiC

Do your best to present yourself to God as one approved, a worker who does not need to be ashamed and who correctly handles the word of truth. 2 Timothy 2:15

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Credentialed Ministry in the FMCiC

The process toward credentialed ministry is a journey, marked by significant moments and events along the way. This presentation provides an overview of this process which we call ‘tracking’. This resource should be used along with paragraphs 805-840 from the Manual of the FMCiC.

Let the journey begin….

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Credentialed Ministry in the FMCiC
  • Both gifts and graces characterize men and women the church ordains and commissions. Gifts are special endowments of ability. Graces are special qualities of character. Both have their source in the enabling Holy Spirit. Although the church must discern who have such endowments, credentialed ministry is always first and foremost an act of God’s calling and appointment.
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Credentialed Ministry in the FMCiC

Credentialed ministry is both a calling and a profession. It is a calling in that it is a response to a divine summons. It is a profession in that this service is worked out under the direction of the church that sets ministers apart as leaders and requires accountability. (From para. 800 in the Manual of the FMCiC)

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Call: Credentialed Ministry

Do you sense a call from God for pastoral leadership? If so, then you know the internal dialogue and journey you are experiencing with God.

We also look to other leaders in the local church to discern and confirm that you possess the gifts and graces for credentialed leadership.

Finally, we look to the Ministerial Education Guidance and Placement committee (affectionately referred to as MEGaP) to affirm and recommend you for either ordained or commissioned ministry.

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Call: Credentialed Ministry

This confirmation of call is like a three-legged stool; all legs need to be the same length for the stool to be effective and likewise all three aspects of call need to be present for credentialed ministry.

Personal

MEGaP

Church

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Ordained

Minister

Lay Minister

Ministerial

Candidate

Commissioned

Minister

Tracking:to Ordained Minister or Commissioned Minister
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Overview toward ORDINATION

If you are called to pastoral overseeing of a local congregation – that is, ministry of Word and Sacrament and Leadership – and are willing to move to minister at different congregations, then tracking for ordained ministry is the way to prepare for that call.

After becoming a Ministerial Candidate (MC), four years of ministry experience under appointment at a local church plus the educational courses are required.

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Overview toward ORDINATION

There are at least two MEGaP interviews beyond the MC interview to become an Ordained Minister. Following the final interview and subsequent recommendation by the MEGaP, the recommendation goes to the National Board of Administration (BoA) for final approval.

When the BoA approves, the Bishop of the FMCiC will ordain the Ministerial Candidate at the local church at a time that is mutually agreed upon.

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Overview toward COMMISSIONING

If you are called to a specialized ministry at one local church, then tracking for commissioned ministry is the way to prepare for that call.

After becoming a Ministerial Candidate (MC), three years of ministry experience under appointment at the local FM church plus the required courses must be completed.

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Overview toward COMMISSIONING

There is at least one MEGaP interview beyond the MC interview to become a Commissioned Minister. Following the final interview and subsequent recommendation by the MEGaP, the recommendation goes to the National Board of Administration (BoA) for final approval.

When the BoA approves, the Bishop of the FMCiC will commission the MC at the local church at a time that is mutually agreed upon.

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Tracking: Lay Minister Ministerial Candidate

The Director of Personnel office “Tracks” all candidates through the required steps

Get your “Tracking” started today!

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Send confirmation of Lay Minister’s License to Personnel Office (susan.deplanche@fmcic.ca)

Complete SHAPE document; MBTi personality type (with Director of Personnel); Family of Origin reflection paper and conversation with a MEGaP member and your spouse (if applicable)

Tracking: Lay Minister

Member at local FM church approved by Official Board to become Lay Minister; See par. 810 in the Manual for requirements and process

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Pastor/Official Board recommends Lay Minister for Ministerial Candidate AND appointment at local church as assistant or associate pastor

The Director of Personnel office receives the recommendations

Tracking: Lay Minister Ministerial Candidate
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‘Tracking Truths’
  • This is your tracking. While there are people and resources available to you, what happens in your tracking is a response to you. You need to take responsibility for your own credentialing journey.
  • Ministerial Candidacy is NOT an end point destination; if you are not moving forward in appointment time OR educational courses, you are not actually tracking.
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‘Tracking Truths’
  • Maximum timelines: 7 years to commissioned minister; 10 years to ordained minister
  • MEGaP committee gives one of three possible responses: yes, not yet, no; coming for an interview is not just jumping through a hoop
  • Credentialing does not guarantee employment
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Interview 1

  • The MEGaP committee, a team of 3 lay people and 3 clergy from your geographical region meets with the candidate for the MC interview when all assignments, courses and paperwork have been received.
  • The lay minister has 3 one-hour interviews on a Saturday in the following areas:
  • Self-awareness
  • Contextual awareness
  • Theological awareness
  • MEGaP recommendation: One of three possible responses - yes, not yet, no.
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Ordained

Minister

Lay Minister

Tracking Steps

Ministerial

Candidate

Interview 1

Commissioned

Minister

Tracking
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Tracking: Seeking an Appointment
  • If you are recommended by MEGaP for Ministerial Candidacy, your lead pastor and/or official board will be contacted for a request to have you appointed to the church as an associate or assistant pastor, if the request has not already been received.
  • Ministerial experience under appointment is a requirement for tracking; you do not need to be employed full time but you do need to work out with your lead pastor/board what meaningful appointment looks like so that you experience a variety of ministry contexts for skill development.
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Interview 2

For Ordained Minister

  • After two years of ministry experience under an appointment at a local FM church, MEGaP meets with the Ministerial Candidate for a mid-term check-in, provided all assignments are completed (including growth areas) and the MC has finished ½ of required courses
  • Self-awareness
  • Contextual awareness
  • Theological awareness
  • MEGaP recommendation: One of three possible responses:yes, not yet, no
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Interview 3

(4 yrs)

Interview 2 (2 yrs)

Ordained Minister

Tracking: Education

Lay Minister

Ministerial

Candidate

Tracking: Education Experience

Tracking: Ministerial Candidate Ordained Minister
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Interview 3

For Ordained Minister

  • After a total of four years ministry experience under appointment at a local FM church, plus completed educational requirements and assignments, MEGaP meets with the MC for interviews:
  • Self-awareness
  • Contextual awareness
  • Theological awareness
  • MEGaP recommendation: one of three possible responses: yes, not yet, no
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Interview 3

(4 yrs)

Interview 2 (2 yrs)

Ordained Minister

Tracking: Education

Lay Minister

Ministerial

Candidate

Tracking: Education Experience

Tracking: Ministerial Candidate Ordained Minister
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Interview 2 - Commissioned Minister

  • After a total of three years ministry experience under appointment at a local FM church, plus completed educational requirements and assignments, MEGaP meets with the MC for interviews:
  • Self-awareness
  • contextual awareness
  • Theological awareness
  • MEGaP recommendation: one of three possible responses:yes, not yet, no
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Lay Minister

Interview 1

Ministerial

Candidate

Tracking

Steps

Commissioned Minister

Tracking: Education Experience

Interview 2 (3 yrs)

Tracking: Ministerial CandidateCommissioned Minister
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Ordination or Commissioning Service
  • When you are notified that the BoA has approved the recommendation from MEGaP for ordination or commissioning, contact Kalesha Peters (kalesha.peters@fmcic.ca) to schedule the service with Bishop Keith Elford
  • Commissionings generally occur during a worship service while Ordinations are held at a time separate from a worship service
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Director of Personnel

To get started in tracking, contact Rev. Kim Henderson, the Director of Personnel for The Free Methodist Church in Canada

905-848-2600 ext 215 or by email at

kim.henderson@fmcic.ca