Over the past year or so, the Church has conducted a comprehensive review and remake of all its clergy training material. Three major undertakings have taken place to improve and expand our clergy’s training.
Firstly, in each Province we serve, the Church has created an wide ranging extensive training blog devoted to the training of its clergy.
Secondly, the Church has created an online training site called the Canadian Ministers Institute in order to deepen and broaden the continuing education all ministers receive.
Thirdly, a new and exciting all-encompassing face-to-face Board examination and certification on most aspects of the clergy training material has been added to our training.
The Board certification process is completed prior to Ordination or Appointment by a committee of senior ranking officials representing the Church Board.
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: