Growth and Orientation of Licensed Pastors

2010, 3 pp
Being licensed for ministry is the entry point into what is normally a life calling for pastors. It is a sacred step in the experience of the minister and his/her family, as well as the congregation to which one has been called. Generally the period of licensing extends for two years, although this may be longer if either the candidate or conference deems it wise. This two-year period in ministry provides an important opportunity for intentional reflection on one’s self as a ministering person and the style of one’s ministry. It also allows special attention for personal growth and the formation of good practices for effective ministry throughout a lifetime of service. In the words of>i> A Mennonite Polity for Ministerial Leadership, “this two-year period provides opportunity to discern the minister’s gifts, abilities and aptitude.”

The area conference is very interested in the well-being of new pastors and doing everything possible to see them succeed in their assignments. The goal is that new pastors will experience a deep confirmation of God’s call in their lives, and receive the support they need to make ministry a joyful and fulfilling way of life. These pages describe the various activities, expectations, and opportunities being offered to licensed pastors.

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