Ministerial Questionnaire


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Questionnaire for Candidates for the Ministry
Conservative Mennonite Conference

Name of Candidate:  ___________________________________    Date of Birth:  __________________

Wife’s Name (if applicable):  ___________________________

Address:  ____________________________________________________________________________

Home Phone: ____________ Cell Phone: ____________     Email:  ______________________________

Officiating Minister:  ___________________________________________________________________                                                                    

Congregation/Agency: _________________________________________________________________

This questionnaire is designed for processing candidates for ministerial ordination or licensure in CMC, and for applicants seeking transfer of ministerial membership and credentials from other church bodies to CMC.  In the process of completing the questionnaire, candidates are encouraged to interact with the officiating minister when questions arise or clarification is needed. Please provide type written responses as handwritten responses are sometimes difficult to read. Upon completion of the questionnaire, the candidate submits a signed copy to the officiating minister who, after reviewing it, signs it and submits it to the CMC executive director for distribution to the Ministerial Committee.

Please attach a current photo of the ministerial candidate (and his wife if applicable).  If preferred, you may send a photo separately via email to office@cmcrosedale.org.

 

INTRODUCTION

Greetings in the name of Jesus from Conservative Mennonite Conference.  We are encouraged that you have the desire to join with us in representing Jesus in the world and being ministers of His grace through the Gospel.  As we all faithfully serve Him, He will be glorified and His kingdom advanced.

This questionnaire serves several purposes.  It helps you, the candidate, think about and process your understanding of the faith you have before God.  While we should be confident and secure in that faith, it’s always good to review our beliefs and make sure we are able to give an explanation for our understanding and practice.  This questionnaire also enables CMC to have an understanding of where you as a candidate are currently in your walk of faith.  As a fellowship of believers we have agreed with each other concerning basic core doctrines.  It’s important for us to have leaders who hold to those same doctrines and will teach them as the truth of God.  As we move beyond those core doctrines we allow more latitude in understandings of how to practice our faith on a daily basis.  And yet even in these areas we believe there are boundaries.  It’s important here as well to have leaders who understand these boundaries and are able to work together with us in continuing to faithfully and compassionately develop and establish our expressions of faith.

CMC has developed two important documents that have served to guide us in our desire to be faithful.  These are the Conservative Mennonite Statement of Theology (ST) and the Conservative Mennonite Statement of Practice (SP).  It is vital for you as a candidate to read and understand these documents before you complete this questionnaire.  If you don’t already have these documents you may access them online at http://cmcrosedale.org/about-us/statement-of-theology and http://cmcrosedale.org/about-us/statement-of-practice or by contacting the CMC office at 740-857-1234 or office@cmcrosedale.org.  CMC has also developed several other statements including a statement on the church and civil government, and a statement on homosexuality.  We encourage you to read these as well.  They can be accessed on the “resources” tab of our website.  While no documents developed by any human can replace the Scriptures, these documents do serve to help us in our desire to understand and apply the Scriptures together as a body of believers.

We have attempted to keep this questionnaire as simple as possible while still allowing you to express yourself, as well as to help us get to know you.  We encourage you to answer the questions prayerfully, seeking the leading of the Holy Spirit.  We also encourage you to answer candidly, whether in expressing agreement or disagreement.  In the end it’s of utmost importance for you to know and express what you believe, not what you think we may want to hear from you.

It’s encouraging to us to know the Lord Jesus Christ is continuing to lead people to serve His church in various ways.  Thank you for being willing to consider His call upon your life.

“For no man can lay a foundation other than the one which is laid, which is Jesus Christ.”

1 Corinthians 3:11 (NASB)

 

QUESTIONNAIRE

  1. Describe your personal conversion and spiritual pilgrimage.
  1. What are you currently doing to keep your relationship with Jesus Christ fresh and vibrant?
  1. Why are you seeking licensure/ordination or transfer of credentials?
  1. What is your vision for the ministry for which you are being licensed or ordained?
  1. What (or who) have been some influences that have brought you to the place of believing God wants you to serve the church as a licensed or ordained minister?
  1. Have you thoroughly and prayerfully read the Conservative Mennonite Statement of Theology (ST)?
  1. Below are the headings for each section of the ST. Please indicate whether you agree with the contents of each section, or if you disagree in some way.  If you disagree, please give a brief description of your concerns.

God                            _____ I agree              _____ I disagree

Jesus Christ                 _____ I agree              _____ I disagree

Holy Spirit                   _____ I agree              _____ I disagree

The Bible                     _____ I agree              _____ I disagree

Creation                      _____ I agree              _____ I disagree

Man                            _____ I agree              _____ I disagree

Salvation                     _____ I agree              _____ I disagree

The Church                  _____ I agree              _____ I disagree

The Kingdom                _____ I agree              _____ I disagree

Satan                          _____ I agree              _____ I disagree

The State                    _____ I agree              _____ I disagree

Last Things                  _____ I agree              _____ I disagree

 

Comments:

  1. Have you thoroughly and prayerfully read the Conservative Mennonite Statement of Practice (SP)?
  1. Below are the headings for each section of the SP. Please indicate whether you agree with the contents of each section, or if you disagree in some way.  If you disagree, please give a brief description of your concerns.

The Mission of the Church to the World                    _____ I agree              _____ I disagree

Conference as an Association of Congregations        _____ I agree              _____ I disagree

Conference and Congregational Leadership              _____ I agree              _____ I disagree

Functions of Congregational Life                              _____ I agree              _____ I disagree

Ceremonies and Symbols of Christian Faith              _____ I agree              _____ I disagree

Discipleship and Nonconformity                               _____ I agree              _____ I disagree

Discipline within the Body of Christ                          _____ I agree              _____ I disagree

The Roles of Men and Women                                 _____ I agree              _____ I disagree

Marriage and the Family                                         _____ I agree              _____ I disagree

The Ethics of the Kingdom                                       _____ I agree              _____ I disagree

Comments:

 

  1. As a ministerial member of CMC, are you committed to observing and honoring the positions of CMC as stated in the ST and the SP?
  1. What gifts or strengths do you have that will enhance your ministry?
  1. What weaknesses have you discovered about yourself that may detract from your ministry?
  1. How has the history of Anabaptism, with its emphasis on discipleship, love and nonresistance, the church as the priesthood of all believers, and the overall desire to recapture what it means to be a New Testament church, influenced your understanding of the Christian faith?
  1. Describe your relationship with your spouse and children (as applicable).
  1. As a member of the ministerial body of CMC, you will be interacting not only with the ministerial body, but also with other CMC entities such as Rosedale Bible College and Rosedale Mennonite Missions. How would you describe your understanding of and interaction with CMC and its various entities and programs?

Questions for the wife of the candidate: 

  1. Describe your personal conversion and spiritual pilgrimage.
  1. What are you currently doing to keep your relationship with Jesus Christ fresh and vibrant?
  1. Are you supportive of the vision of the ministry for which your husband is being licensed or ordained?
  1. How would you describe your roles in the home, church, and community as a minister’s wife?
  1. What gifts or strengths do you have that you hope to be able to use in your roles?
  1. What weaknesses have you discovered about yourself that may detract from your effectiveness in these roles?

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Form completed by _____________________________ and ______________________________

Ministerial Candidate                                                                  Wife

Date: _________________________

 

As officiating minister of the ordination or licensure of the above named candidate, I have examined this completed questionnaire and have reviewed it with the candidate as needed for clarification and adequacy. I submit this questionnaire for processing by the CMC Ministerial Committee and Executive Board.

________________________________                                Date: _________________________
Officiating Minister

 

Original questionnaire approved by CMC Feb. 1991; format revised Nov. 2000, revised Aug. 2005, revised Feb. 2007, revised July 2015; approved by CMC Executive Board