Readiness for Entering Vocational Ministry (REVM) Retreat
Entry by transfer clergy and by those seeking ordination for the first time into the process of preparing for ordination in Metropolitan Community Churches begins with participation in a Readiness for Entering Vocational Ministry (REVM Retreat). This guided REVM retreat opportunity provides the venue to meet with others who sense a similar calling to vocational ministry. REVM offers an explanation of the process for preparation for ministry, overview of the core characteristics of a ministry vocation in MCC, development of a personalized Ministry Action Plan (MAP) for ministry preparation, and a time of connection with mentors and others who have served in ministerial roles within MCC.
To apply for a REVM, individuals should consult their specific Protocol for the materials that are required as a part of the application process.
At the conclusion of the REVM retreat, a determination will be made as to whether or not a participant receives official status with MCC. This status is given to those who have been approved to begin the process of preparing for vocational ministry, whose MAPs have been finalized, and who have acknowledged and signed the Ministry Leader Code of Conduct. Various names are given to this status according to specific protocols. (e.g. “In Care” in the US and Canada; “Trainee” in the UK.) The MAP provides a clear, detailed covenant of mutual understanding that will be used for ongoing discernment and for review by the participant and the participant’s supervisor(s) and endorsing body.
The next Readiness for Entering Vocational Ministry (REVM) Retreat will be held just prior to the MCC General Conference in Victoria, British Columbia (Canada) from 29 June – 2 July, 2016.
Faculty for this event will include:
- Rev. Dr. Kharma Amos, Associate Director of Formation and Leadership Development
- Rev. John Fowler, OFLD Rep for Australia/New Zealand
- Rev. Elder Margarita Sánchez de León, Dean of Garner Institute for Iberoamerican Leadership Formation and OFLD Rep for Iberoamerica
Space is limited to 20 people. Click here to Download Application. Application Deadline – 1 May 2016. Applications must be sent as email attachments to RevKharmaAmos@MCCchurch.net. Registration for this event will be $300 USD. CLICK HERE TO REGISTER. Registrants are responsible for their own travel, lodging, and meals for the duration of the event. The event will be held in the MCC Conference Hotel.
NOTE ABOUT APPLICATION: In some Protocols, Psychological Testing administered by a center that specializes in the assessment of ministerial candidates and the ongoing support of those engaged in vocational ministry is required as a part of our process. This is one of the sources of information that is taken into consideration when a MAP is created. Consequently, it is helpful, but not necessary, for this testing to be completed prior to REVM. Those who do not complete this until after REVM can still participate, but will not have a finalized MAP or an official decision about in-care status until the report has been reviewed.