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Conference Council

Mission: Virginia Mennonite Conference equips pastors, lay leaders, and congregants for worship and service, and to bring the Good News of Jesus Christ to neighbors near and far.

Vision: God calls us to be followers of Jesus Christ and, by the power of the Holy Spirit, to grow as communities of grace, joy and peace, so that God’s healing and hope flow through us to the world.

Constitution & Bylaws (updated 2014)

Congregations in Formation Procedures

VMC Taskforce Final Report 2013

District Report Form

Embracing Faithfulness, Discerning Our Differences

VMC Delegates discussion of MC USA Healthcare Access Project

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Congregational Life Commission:

Memory Garden Development & Policy

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Credentialing Resources

Credentialing Process Guide Sheet

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Credentialing forms:

Ministerial Leadership Information (MLI) inquiry form (external link)

Current MC USA and MC Canada credentialing, competencies and education document (external link)

Pastoral Training Form

Spouse response form (Typeable)

Spouse response form (Printable)

Special Ministries application

Code of Sexual Ethics for Ministers form

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Credentials Committee forms:

Oversight Leader Cover Sheet

Credentials Committee Members Response Form

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Delegate job description

Congregational delegate job description

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Delegate materials: Conference Assembly 2018

Assembly Schedule and Agenda

Executive Conference Minister Greetings to Delegates

Navigating Ministerial Complaints with Revisions

District Models for Delegates

VMC Membership, Privileges and Responsibilities

Report Book 2017-2018

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Delegate materials: Winter Delegate Session 2018

01 Summer 2017 Delegate Session Minutes

02 VMC Mission & Vision Statement

03 Gifts Discernment Committee ballot

04 Treasurer’s Report 12-31-17

05 Prior Year Summary – unrestricted operations

06 Polity Task Force rearranged report 01-17-18

07 Context behind Restructure Committee

08 Restructuring for Missions

Winter 2018 Delegate Session Agenda

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Denominational Resolutions and Resources:

Forbearance
Membership Guidelines
FAQs regarding the two resolutions on polity and practice

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Mennonite Church USA Resources page [external link]
Faith-formation resources curated by Anabaptists [external link]

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Faith & Life Commission:

Procedural Guidelines for Suspension of Ministerial Credentials in the Event of Conducting a Same-Sex Marriage Ceremony

Virginia Mennonite Conference is participating in Mennonite Church USA discernment processes with multiple issues facing the church including human sexuality. Find a list of current resources here.

Prior statements on human sexuality include:

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Statement on the Death Penalty by Virginia Council of Churches (signed by Conference leaders and pastors)

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Finances, Salary, and Tax Guidelines

Congregational Financial Forwardings Sheet

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Salary and Benefit Guidelines

Guidelines for pastors’ salaries and benefits [external link]
Salary computation software [external link]
Corinthian Plan [external link]
Is your congregation eligible for this tax credit? [external link]

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Grants

Ministry Training Trust Funds
Virginia Mennonite Conference (VMC) is pleased to offer financial assistance for ministers seeking financial assistance for education and training as they prepare for, or are involved in, Christian ministry, including pastors, congregational lay leaders, missionaries, and post-high youth sensing a call to Christian ministry. Funds are provided through several Ministry Training Trust Funds (MTTF) grants established by former VMC church leaders and/or their families. MTTF grant provisions require that applicants be active members of a Virginia Mennonite Conference congregation. Please click on the link below for an application form; instructions for applying are on the form.

MTTF application form (DOC)

MTTF application form (PDF)

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Church Worker Assistance Program
A grant for licensed counseling services available to eligible church or agency workers, dependent on funding available through an endowment managed by Virginia Mennonite Conference. Prerequisite: Applicants must have membership in a VMC congregation or serve with a VMC-related agency. Read more about the CWA program.

CWA application

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Retired Church Worker Aid and Enrichment Fund:
A program to provide some financial assistance for eligible retired church, agency or mission workers, or their surviving spouse, due to financial hardship for either aid or enrichment purposes.

Retired Church Workers’ Aid and Enrichment Fund application

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Policies:

Leadership Handbook (with Appendices)

Sexual Misconduct Policy and Procedure

Procedural Guidelines for Suspension of Ministerial Credentials in the Event of Conducting a Same-Sex Marriage Ceremony

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Ministerial Complaints:

Navigating Ministerial Complaints with Revisions

Sexual Misconduct Policy and Procedure

Constitution & Bylaws (updated 2014)

Confidentially report misconduct to the Investigation Team
(Read more about the Investigation Team here.)

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Reporting and Review Forms

Overseers’ quarterly report form

District report form

Biennial Review Form for Special Ministries

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Reports & Statistics booklets

2017-2018

2016-2017

2015-2016