Ministerial Leadership Commission Duties & Members

Ministerial Leadership Commission Duties

  • Credential by commissioning, licensing and ordaining candidates for ministry.
  • Serve as a consultative body to the conference minister in ministerial placement.
  • Support personal and spiritual growth for pastoral leadership through counsel, personal evaluation, continuing education, and professional assistance.
  • Support a code of ministerial ethics in keeping with  A Shared Understanding of Ministerial Leadership: Polity Manual for Mennonite Church Canada and Mennonite Church USA.
  • Function in a consultative role for the resolution of tensions between pastors and congregations.
  • Give attention to ministerial salary issues and assist congregations in developing adequate salary levels for their pastors using MC USA guidelines.
  • Resource ministry teams that include pastors and deacons through workshops, retreats, and other appropriate events.
  • Encourage and promote a congregational and WDC culture of calling persons to leadership in the church.
  • Relate to the Mennonite Church USA Office of Congregational and Ministerial Leadership as needed.

Ministerial Leadership Commission Members

  • (2022) Dave Stevens, Hope Mennonite Church, Wichita, KS
  • (2022) Rachel Ringenberg Miller, Shalom Mennonite Church, Newton, KS
  • (2023) Rachel Epp Miller, Austin Mennonite Church, Austin, TX
  • (2023) Todd Schlosser, Hoffnungsau Mennonite Church, Inman, KS
  • (2024) Elizabeth Melendez, Houston Mennonite Church, Houston, TX
  • (2024) Cynthia Neufeld Smith, Southern Hills Mennonite Church, Topeka, KS