The Ohio Conference Credentialing Ministry Team (CMT) would like to announce several new procedures they will be using:
CMT member LaVonne Hartman will be the person who contacts pastoral candidates to set the time of their interview and to make sure they have turned in the needed documents on time. These tasks were formerly done by the regional pastors.
The Credentialing Ministry Team is working to compile questions to give to any pastoral candidate who is new to the Ohio Conference, such as a student, a pastor from another Mennonite Church USA conference, or a pastor from another denomination. The candidate will need to submit answers to these questions to the Credentialing Ministry Team for their review prior to the prospective pastor’s candidating weekend with a congregation. CMT will inform the congregation’s search committee of anything they see which might indicate that the pastoral candidate could not be licensed in the Ohio Conference. Ohio Conference will no longer install new pastors prior to their license being granted by the Credentialing Ministry Team.