Welcome to online clergy license renewal! Read this entire page carefully before you begin. We will shortly be updating this page, with information for our 2019 process
The following information will guide you through the process of filing your 2018 Clergy Licensure information with the Office of Formation and Leadership Development.
Once again this year, there is one fillable PDF form (Go to the Forms/Manuals page of the OFLD website and scroll to Clergy Forms to download the appropriate form) where you can submit all of your information. PLEASE download the form to your computer and open/edit it in Adobe rather than trying to edit it in any Adobe app or extension via your web browser (these will have limitations that adversely impact your ability to complete the form.) If you click this link and the form opens in your web browser, please SAVE it to your computer before filling it out and sending it back to us. SAVE a copy often and make sure you retain one even after you have sent it to us.
Rather than needing to have your certification form physically/literally signed, we are asking you for the contact information of your supervisor. If you are a supervisor for other clergy, please list those whose ministries you are certifying in the space provided. We will cross check this information and follow up if there are any questions. It is incumbent upon the person filing this form to be honest and truthful about the number of hours being worked, which must be a minimum of 15 in order to qualify for “active” status.
Please submit your form only once. Do not complete it both electronically and in hard copy. To submit the form electronically, please download the PDF and return it to us by email attachment. Do not use the submit button (should one appear) in Adobe. To submit the form in hard copy, please print the completed form and mail or fax it (310-388-1252) to our Sarasota office (MCC, PO Box 50488, Sarasota, FL 34232).
For payment, you can either mail (or have your church mail) a check to the Sarasota Office, or you may make a payment online by clicking here. The early rae of $175 will run until 1st December 2018, thereafter the fee increases to $300. We will issue your license once we have received both your form and payment, and completed your background check. If you have extenuating circumstances that prohibit you from being able to pay your fee, please contact Rev. Dr. Kharma Amos no later than November 1st, 2018.
CHAPLAINS AND THOSE SERVING OUTSIDE AN MCC CONGREGATION
Chaplains must have a separate Application on file with our office to serve as MCC Chaplain. Clergy serving in ministries outside of a local MCC congregation or denominational ministry must have a separate Ministry Outside Local Church form on file with our office. You can download these forms in the Forms & Manuals Section of our Website.
REQUIRED CEU TOPIC AREA FOR 2018 (IMPORTANT UPDATE)
The Council of Elders no longer requires clergy to focus continuing education in a specific topic area. You only have to complete the required 9 units (9 contact hours) in whatever topical area feels most germane to you. If you have any questions about what does or does not qualify as CEUs, please contact us. Also, note that any offering found on Sacred Space Online Learning Center will qualify for CEUS, and you may calculate these at the rate of 1 contact hour = 1 CEU.
Complete Instructions for Using the Online Clergy Renewal Form
Step 1 – Acrobat Reader
You will need the latest version of Acrobat Reader appropriate for your operating system to complete the online form. If you do not already have the latest version of Acrobat Reader, you may download it by clicking this link (https://get.adobe.com/reader/)
Step 2 – Download the Form
- Visit the OFLD Forms & Manuals Page to download the 2018 Clergy License Renewal Form (under Clergy Forms, please select the form appropriate to your protocol).
Email us at MarinaLaws@MCCchurch.net and we will email you a PDF.
- Save the form you have downloaded on your computer, and open it in Acrobat Reader.
DO NOT fill the form out when you first open it in your browser. You will probably not be able to save your information. SAVE THE BLANK FORM TO YOUR COMPUTER FIRST, then complete the form.
Step 3 – Complete the Form
Complete all relevant fields of data and sign the form (Click here for assistance using digital signatures in Adobe).
Step 4 – Submit the Form
- To submit the form electronically (strongly preferred), please save the completed file on your computer and send it as an email attachment to MarinaLaws@MCCchurch.net. DO NOT CLICK SUBMIT FORM on the form itself, as we will likely not receive it.
- To submit the form in hard copy, please print it and mail it to MCC, PO Box 50488, Sarasota, FL 34232. You may also fax it to 310-388-1252
Step 5 – Make Your Payment
You can make your online payment by clicking here , or you can mail a check to MCC, PO Box 50488, Sarasota, FL 34232.
Step 6 – Keep a Copy of the Form for your Records
Although technology allows us to complete this process more easily than ever, there are occasionally glitches. If for any reason we do not successfully receive your form, we may need to ask for it again. Please save a copy of the file (in a file name you will recognize and in a location on your computer where you can easily locate it).