Resources

Congregations

Ministry Transitions – Candidate Version – This packet is for persons who are seeking new places of ministry, for those seeking placement for the first time; or for those who are considering being credentialed.

Ministry Transitions – Search Committee Version – This packet is requested by search committees who are looking for a new pastor. This is designed to help them discern if they need a transitional pastor, or what next steps they need to take to have a successful pastorate.

Pastor Congregation Evaluations – This packet is a spin-off of the PCRC packet and is targeted for the pastor review and evaluation process.

Pastor Congregation Relations – This packet addresses the relationship between the pastor and the congregation. It includes a pastor’s job description, as well as the responsibilities of the pastor congregation relations committee, negotiating the pastor’s salary, and addresses sabbatical and study leaves.

Pastor Salary Guidelines

Ministerial Credentialing – This packet is called for by the area conference or congregation. Ministerial Credentialing works with the preparation of the pastor’s journey of credentialing, whether it is the process of licensing or ordination.

Sexual Misconduct – This packet gives congregations a resource for how to deal with accusations of sexual abuse and what steps they can take to deal with it; as well as guidelines for accountability groups.

Resources for Congregational Treasurers We have many tools to help keep congregational treasurer’s equipped. Check out the following:

 

Ministry Inquiry Program
A leadership program of Mennonite Church USA, the Ministry Inquiry Program provides opportunity for students at Mennonite Church USA colleges/universities to explore pastoral ministry.  Learn more
Women in Leadership

Women in Leadership (WiL) works to dismantle patriarchal systems in Mennonite Church USA by empowering women to live out the call of God on their lives, increase their capacities, and contribute their wisdom in congregations, area conferences, agencies and institutions.

It creates space for resources, conversation and action for all women in our churches who are in leadership.  Learn more

Worship and Christian Formation

Anabaptist Faith Formation

Spiritual Direction

 MC USA Spiritual Directors List

Great Lakes Regional Mennonite Spiritual Directors has an active Facebook page (https://www.facebook.com/groups/GreatLakesMennoSDs/) and is one of three regional groups within the Mennonite Spiritual Directors Network (MSDN, https://mennosdn.org/.

Other Worship Resources

Bread Making Meditation for Congregations

Singing Salvation Story – Heilsgeschite in Song (Word doc)

Singing Salvation Story – Heilsgeschite in Song (pdf)

Study Resources

Journeys with God: a biblical curriculum from MEA. The aim of the curriculum is to invite children to become part of the biblical story. Listening to and participating in the stories of God’s people helps children build a firm foundation for faithful living as they move from shared/experiential faith toward a  more mature and owned faith. The curriculum is designed to help children gain a sense of the Bible as a whole and how the Biblical narrative interacts with their lives.

Radical Hospitality: Responding to the Issue of Immigration – Bible study from MC USA

KNOWING CHRIST’S LOVE. . .ANSWERING GOD’S CALL

Vision Statement

God calls us to be followers of Jesus Christ, and, by the power of the Holy Spirit, to grow as communities of grace, joy and peace, so that God’s healing and hope flow through us to the world.

 

Mission Statement

The mission of Central District Conference is to know Christ’s abundant love in who we are and how we live, and to answer God’s persistent call to share that love with one another and the world by:

  • Promoting a Christ-like community of hospitality where grace-filled relationships flourish, and patience and generosity are practiced,
  • Calling and nurturing wise, dynamic and compassionate Anabaptist leadership,
  • Supporting missional partnerships that make God’s reign visible and fostering ministries of evangelism, healing and hope.
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