November 8, 2016
Dear colleague in ministry,
Each year the Ministerial Leadership Commission of Western District Conference requests all ministers whose credentials are “Active” or “Active without Charge” to submit an Accountability Plan. This is done as an intentional way to nurture ongoing spiritual formation, personal health, professional growth, and maintenance of appropriate boundaries.
Please use the form below as a guideline to prepare a written accountability plan for 2017, reflecting your own personal goals and context.
Each person with active credentials is also asked to annually sign the Code of Sexual Ethics for Ministers, as a reminder of this important ethical covenant. As a leader in Mennonite Church USA, you are to be informed about the policy and procedures regarding ministerial sexual misconduct and know that WDC upholds these standards. For more information, see Ministerial Sexual Misconduct Policy and Procedure of Mennonite Church USA, available at: http://mennoniteusa.org/resource/sexual-misconduct/.
Please submit your Accountability Plan and signed Code of Sexual Ethics form to the WDC office by January 9, 2017.
They will then be placed in your file and you will receive a new Ministerial Identification Card for the year 2017. Your completion of these items may be noted in future letters of reference that we are asked to make on your behalf. They must be on file in the WDC office in order for you to be eligible to apply for and receive Continuing Education funds from WDC.
Thank you for participating in this spiritual discipline of growth and accountability in the church. Please let me know if you would like assistance in finding a pastor peer group, or other aspects of the accountability plan.
May God bless and strengthen you for ministry in the coming year!
Heidi Regier Kreider, Conference Minister