Resources for Pastors
The Pastoral Leadership Committee and Susan Janzen, Conference Minister for Ministerial Leadership, provide these resources to support the pastors, chaplains and other credentialed leaders of Central Plains.
Annual Leaders Retreat
Pastors, chaplains, other credentialed leaders and their spouses are invited to the Annual Leaders Retreat held each spring at St. Benedict Center near Schuyler Nebraska. Hosted by the Pastoral Leadership Committee, the retreat includes a balance of input and rest, with the goal of renewing our spirits through encouragement, worship and fellowship.
PLC recently made the difficult decision not to have an in-person Annual Leaders Retreat this year. We can't believe we've had to cancel two years in a row, but we do not want to run the risk of exposing anyone to COVID, especially now that we may be turning a corner on the pandemic. We are brainstorming creative options for an at-home retreat, and Scott Peterson, leadership pastor at Trinity Mennonite Church, Glendale, AZ, who was to be our speaker, is helping us discern how he might share his expertise in communicating across political divides. Check back here for updated information!
In the faith that we will gather in person a year from now, please mark your calendar for May 1-3, 2022, at St. Benedict Center, and plan to join your colleagues in ministry for Annual Leaders Retreat 2022!
Yearly Accountability Meeting
The conference ministers meet annually with all credentialed pastors to build relationships, strengthen communication, offer encouragement and nurture accountability. This letter from Susan gives more detail.
The Pastoral Leadership Committee recommends that congregations use the Salary Guidelines formulated each year by Mennonite Church USA. Find free software here to calculate a salary based on the guidelines.
The Pastoral Leadership Committee adopted a minimum set of educational/formation standards for persons ordained in Central Plains.
For Pastor/Congregation Evaluations
Pastor/Congregation evaluations are a natural and essential part of effective ministry. When done well they can help the pastor and congregation be more effective in ministry. When done poorly, evaluations can create pain for the pastor, the pastor's family and the congregation. For this reason, it is important that those responsible for leading evaluations plan the process with the conference minister. Contact Susan Janzen at firstname.lastname@example.org to start the planning process. Also check out these free, downloadable resources for doing evaluations well.
The Pastoral Leadership Cttee advocates that pastors take periodic sabbaticals for refreshment and renewal. Sabbatical rhythms reflect Biblical health and wholeness. Here are some resources to help you and your leadership team guide your planning. Check out this brochure one of our pastors created for his congregation to explain sabbatical.
Scholarships for Pastoral Training
The Pastoral Leadership Committee administers a scholarship fund for training future leaders. This application form can be used to apply. Fill out a reference request and read the Hochstetler Training Fund Guidelines. For more information, contact email@example.com or one of the conference ministers.
Pastoral Financial Assistance
Are you on the path to meet your short- and long-term financial goals? And do you have a financial plan that takes your faith and values into consideration? Financial planning from Everence® can help. Gain control of your finances and work alongside a professional planner to find opportunities, prevent detours and get the trusted guidance you need.. Pastors from Mennonite Church USA and Conservative Mennonite Conference can receive a subsidy for their first-year financial planning fee. Download a brochure about the Pastoral Financial Assistance grant.
Ministerial Leadership Info Form
For pastors looking for a call in Central Plains or Mennonite Church USA, the first step is to complete the Ministerial Leadership Information (MLI) form online. To begin the MLI process, complete and submit this online inquiry form and you should receive an email within a few days letting you know that a login and password are being sent to you which will enable you to access the online MLI. Contact Conference Minister Susan Janzen to let her know of your interest. If you have any questions about the form contact MLIInquiries@mennoniteusa.org.
Misconduct Policy & Procedure
The Pastoral Leadership Committee of Central Plains Mennonite Conference takes seriously any ethical misconduct on the part of its credentialed leader, or any other leader in the congregation. Mennonite Church USA has developed policies and procedures for dealing with such misconduct, to which Central Plains also subscribes. All allegations of such misconduct should be directed to one of the Conference Ministers or to the Chair of the Pastoral Leadership Committee.
The policy and procedures can be found here, along with many other resources. Below are the procedures in Spanish as PDF files.
Normas y Procedimientos Indice
Normas y Procedimiento texto
Ministerial Sexual Misconduct Policy and Procedures Seminar with Terry Shue, June 15, 2017: To view video go to:https://youtu.be/osl93GGPtrk