MD&C focuses upon Outcome Based Ordination, the development of the candidate as a whole person. Rather than just a checklist of courses or tasks to accomplish, OBO focuses upon 15 traits which ordination candidates and existing clergy are to focus upon.
The South East Region’s guide for walking step by step through the LMC, CMC and Ordination process is organized into 4 Implementation Stages includes deadline dates in order to continue or progress at April Annual Conferences.
Ministerial Development and Credentialing Steps
STAGE 1: NEW Local Ministerial Candidate (LMC) Level Discernment
Takes place in the local church with the local pastor serving as a mentor
A. Steps to BECOME a LMC (May 1 – July 31, 2016)
B. Initial Steps ONCE a LMC
MD&C Forms & FM History and Polity course completed (Aug 1 – Dec 31, 2016)
Local Church Pastor leads monthly mentoring session (August 2016-March 2017)
STAGE 2: Potential CMC through OBO Formational Assessment Development
Regional MEG Bd oversees this stage (with Supt involvement in OBO Interview)
Step 1: LMC Tasks with Regional MEG Team to become a CMC (Jan – March 2017)
Step 2: Potential CMC during Annual Conference weekend (April 2017)
Step 4: CMC has OBO Interview with Regional MEG (May 1-June 30, 2017)
Existing CMCs were told forms & tasks they need to complete at Annual Conf breakout;
Regional MEG Bd and Supt will hold OBO Interview
Step 3: Existing CMCs complete new MD&C forms (catch up May 1 – July 31, 2016)
Step 4: Existing CMCs have OBO Interview with Regional MEG (Aug 1-Sept 30, 2016)
STAGE 3: CMC works until all CMC Checklist Tasks are Completed Development
CMC is responsible to take coursework (16 2-credit courses if no prior course credits)
Regional MEG Bd holds annual progress interviews as previously (in Jan & Feb)
Anticipate a 2 – 4 year process depending upon coursework to be completed
STAGE 4: CMC Prepares as Potential ELDER Deployment
Region MEG Bd hands off to Conference MEG Bd.
Step 1: Regional MEG Bd confirms at Annual Interview when CMC has (January)
finished all coursework & OBO tasks and CMC portfolio is complete.
Step 2: Regional Ordination Coach notifies Supt of a potential elder to be interviewed
Step 3: Candidate completes Elder Theological paper (February)
Step 4: Conference MEG Bd interviews candidate (Feb or March)