The Church provides manditory training in all three Rites of Passage (Baptism, Weddings, Funerals) and beyond, to all sucessful candiates who have applied to become clergy members in Clergy Support Memorial. Our overall training program is composed of a mixture of methods, including email and online website information, as well as mentoring, shadowing and webinars.
Firstly, in each Province we serve, the Church has an information blog devoted to the training of its clergy in each province.
Secondly, the Church has a dedicated website which provides detailed basic online training courses. A regular monthly visit to this website ensures our members maintain and deepen and broaden their knowledge through continuing education.
Thirdly, the church has a Board Certification process. It is the Church Board, made up of a committee of senior ranking officials, who determine either in a ‘postive’ or ‘negative’ vote whether a candidate is deemed sucessfull to become certified clergy in CSMC. Certification in the church is either by Appointment or Ordination. The type of certification determines the path for the candidate to grow their duties and their ministry.
Examples of the content of two of these programs follow.
1. Canadian Ministers Institute
On the Church’s online training site https://canadiancelebrantinstitute.ca/about-us/, one can find detailed training modules such as:
- Clergy Support and Pastoral Care
- Theology 101
- The Wedding Planning Meeting
- The Wedding Ceremony
- Provincial Legal Paperwork
- Considerations for Diverse Sexualities and Genders
- Baptisms and Naming Ceremonies
- Funerals and Celebrations of Life
- Clergy Talks (Webinar recordings)
This is an ongoing project and additional courses and lessons will added over time.
2. Provincial Training Blogs
On this new Provincial training blog, https://csmcontario.blog, one can read expanded information on the subject of our rites and usages. In addition, it contains important published statements regarding Faith, Beliefs, and Ministry. In particular, please see the following items: