MCM’s Leadership Ministries resources and empowers persons involved in congregational leadership.

The Director of Leadership Ministries (Conference Minister) supports and cares for pastors by offering individual pastoral care, opportunities for continuing education, seminars and workshops designed to strengthen and stretch ministry, and by facilitating and leading monthly pastors’ cluster meetings in each of 5 regions within MCM. Appropriate resources and workshops are also made available those involved in other aspects of congregational leadership.

Congregations receive assistance in areas such as encouraging and calling persons to ministry, pastoral searches, pastor-congregation relationships, credentialing persons for ministry, pastoral reviews, and when necessary, receive assistance in situations of mediation and conflict resolution.

It is our desire to have both sufficient and healthy leadership in our congregations.

 In addition, the Director of Leadership also oversees MCM’s chaplaincy initiatives (both the hospital and the university chaplaincy programs).

Vision and Priorities

calling, encouraging and training potential pastors

  • Inviting, discerning and encouraging persons to consider pastoral ministry
  • Promoting a vision for leadership development and training opportunities in our congregations and providing ideas, tools and assistance in carrying out these visions
  • Developing an internship program for potential pastors in congregations; dream: developing “teaching” congregations (parallel to “teaching” hospitals)
  • Working with “Camps With Meaning” at leadership development

encouraging and fostering healthy pastor-congregation relationships

  • Encouraging, establishing and resourcing Pastor-Congregation Relationship Committees in our congregations
  • Resourcing and assisting search committees in preparing for and conducting a pastoral search
    Offering understanding of and guidance and resources for pastoral reviews, evaluations and renewal votes
  • Fostering the importance of sabbaticals, valuable for both pastor and congregation
    Providing or arranging for mediation when necessary

support & ongoing training for pastors

  • Encouraging and strengthening the mentorship program for beginning pastors
  • Planning an introductory/orientation event for pastors who are new to MCM
  • Developing, supporting and resourcing strong peer groups for pastors
  • Providing pastoral care to pastors
  • Being available as a “sounding board”/consultant to pastors
  • Planning learning and spiritual growth opportunities for pastors
  • Planning fellowship opportunities for pastors.
  • Administering the A.G. Neufeld Bursary fund and the Johan Funk Loan fund
  • Developing a special fund for pastoral support (education funds, counseling funds, special need funds
  • Create venues and opportunities for pastors to celebrate ministry

credentialing responsibilities

  • Establishing a standing credentials committee.
  • Teaching congregations and pastors the importance of and place of credentials
  • Working with Credentials Committee in each credentialing process (only the area conferences can grant credentials for ministry)
  • Maintaining credentials and those registered with Vital Statistics (record keeping)
  • Giving leadership in processing disciplinary situations (when pastors dishonor their calling / credentials)
  • Exploring and establishing required seminars for future granting of credentials

support for deacons, lay ministers and other lay leaders

  • Offering ongoing educational opportunities
  • Promoting existing educational options (offered by CMU, AMBS and others)
  • Discovering a “spiritual gift discernment process” that could be used by congregations

supervising chaplaincy programs

  • Providing overall leadership for hospital and university chaplaincy initiatives

and dreaming / envisioning other opportunities…