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Candidacy Pathway:

Supervised Ministry Education

January 2019

The United Church of Canada L'?glise Unie du Canada

Candidacy Pathway: Supervised Ministry Education (January 2019)

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Contents

About This Resource ....................................................................................................................... 4 Policy ............................................................................................................................................... 5 The Indigenous Context .................................................................................................................. 6 Purpose of Supervised Ministry Education..................................................................................... 7 Elements of Supervised Ministry Education ................................................................................... 8

1. Learning Site.......................................................................................................................... 8 2. Lay Supervision Team ........................................................................................................... 8 3. Educational Supervisor ......................................................................................................... 9 4. Learning Covenant .............................................................................................................. 10 5. Evaluation ........................................................................................................................... 10 Requirements by Stream of Ministry............................................................................................ 12 Diaconal Ministry .................................................................................................................... 12 Designated Lay Ministry.......................................................................................................... 12 Ordained Ministry ................................................................................................................... 12 Supervised Ministry Education Programs for Ordained Ministry................................................. 13 SME Integrated into Program of Study................................................................................... 14 SME Separate from Degree Program...................................................................................... 15 Financial Support to Learning Sites............................................................................................... 17 Salary Support Grant............................................................................................................... 17 Moving Grant .......................................................................................................................... 17 Process for Terminating SME........................................................................................................ 18

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About This Resource

The requirements of Supervised Ministry Education (SME) intersect with many aspects of the church. This resource is for all those involved in the formation of candidates during SME including Candidacy Boards, theological schools, communities of faith, educational supervisors, and Lay Supervision Teams. In order to appoint a candidate to a pastoral charge for their SME experience, those involved in pastoral relations processes must also refer to this resource.

Candidates for ordained ministry and designated lay ministry (DLM) must read this resource. It is important that the Candidacy Board discuss plans with the candidate for fulfilling learning needs through the Supervised Ministry Education experience early in their Candidacy Pathway process.

All United Church documents that are referenced may be found at unitedchurch.ca/handbooks.

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Policy

The policies about Supervised Ministry Education are found in The Manual under H. Entering Ministry, section H.5.2, Developing Competency:

Each candidate for ordained and designated lay ministry must satisfactorily complete a Supervised Ministry Education program that involves learning goals based on the Learning Outcomes for Ministry Leadership, reflection on the practice of ministry, and regular supervision and evaluation.

The Candidacy Board determines a candidate's readiness for Supervised Ministry Education.

The Candidacy Board determines completion of Supervised Ministry Education by assessing a candidate's competence for ministry leadership based on the Learning Outcomes for Ministry Leadership.

The Candidacy Pathway Policy resource includes the following additional policies:

1. Before the Candidacy Board authorizes readiness for Supervised Ministry Education, approval as a candidate is required.

2. The Candidacy Board discerns and assesses readiness for Supervised Ministry Education through an interview.

3. The candidate is responsible for developing learning goals for Supervised Ministry Education in consultation with the Candidacy Board and in relation to the Learning Outcomes and the Ethical Standards and Standards of Practice.

4. The Candidacy Board recommends the type of Supervised Ministry Education program and learning site to best address the candidate's learning goals.

This resource gives further policies and procedures as well as best practices and resources to support the implementation of Supervised Ministry Education.

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The Indigenous Context

The Calls to the Church that were adopted at the 43rd General Council 2018 included the following in relation to Supervised Ministry Education:

We, the Indigenous faith communities of The United Church of Canada, as an expression of the United Church's adoption of the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples, call for:

a. Indigenous community and region approved ministry placement options outside of the church context;

b. Agencies outside of the church to be educated to work cooperatively in assisting the Indigenous ministry formation accompaniers to supervise these placements;

c. Programs to be established to provide clinical, helping, and healing skills for ministry students, and community development and networking;

d. Reporting to and celebration from the church concerning this work of ministry students in such placements.

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