CEM Leadership Development

A critical part of our Mission Centre is support to members, friends, and congregations is training leaders for ministry, camps, and leadership.

Upcoming Leadership Development Events

Ministry and Priesthood Training

All newly-called priesthood are required to take classes to prepare for ordination. They include:

  • Introduction to Priesthood Ministry (MP300)
  • Introduction to Scripture (SS400)
  • Office Specific Class
    (i.e., “Ministry of the Priest,” “Ministry of the Elder,” etc.)
  • Children and Youth Worker Core Training (certification required for new priesthood)

The Community of Christ in CEM from time to time has local live classes on many of these topics, but we’ve also launched the initiative to produce all the necessary classes for all local priesthood (Deacon, Teacher, Priest, and Elder) in elearning classes. You can take these classes with students all over the world by enrolling through the Developmetrics.org online portal – each class is offered once a year.

MEADS (Ministerial Educations and Discipleship Studies)

CEM continues to invest in advanced training for leaders, staff, pastors, and anyone else interested in developing their ministry. Developed through the World Church, CEM is making top-level training with renowned instructors available to many more in the mission centre by hosting MEADS sessions locally within CEM, as well as online in the future.

A two-year process for certification began in 2015 and continues into the future. Students can join anytime and receive their completion certificate for 12 classes completed (we have 14 different classes presently planned).

The MEADS curriculum is open to anyone interested in ministerial and discipleship development and now has two options for study:

(a) Enroll in the full 12-course certificate program that seeks to empower participants for ministry,


(b) Enroll in individual classes on a particular subject of interest without committing to the full 12-course program.

Upcoming MEADS Courses

MEADS Fall 2018


MEADS Fall 2018


Oct 22-26



Registrar: Melissa Freer Send email to Melissa

Leadership Development Director: David Lloyd Send email to David

October MEADS week is just around the corner, October 22-26 at the Kitchener Congregation. In order for the instructors to book flights, we need to receive your registrations for these two courses immediately. If you are a continuing MEADS student, you may be aware that 12 courses are required to receive your certification and that missed classes only repeat every 3 years. You require the courses we are offering in October if you are considering certification. Please recall the learning experience, the dialogue and meaningful friendships you have made in class and shared meals. You do not want to miss this opportunity. To commit our instructors for the week, we need at least 12 people to register now using this registration form [DOC 42.0Kb].

Registration Information

  • For one class = $100 (+HST = $113.00)
  • For BOTH classes during this session = $175 (+HST = $197.75)
  • To Audit classes (no credit) = $50 (+HST = $56.50) each
  • Send cheque (made out to “Community of Christ”) and registration form [DOC 42.0Kb] before September 30, 2018 to:
       Attention: Melissa Freer
       Community of Christ
       355 Elmira Road North, Unit 129
       Guelph, ON N1K 1S5

Classes this Session:

Mission and Evangelism (9:00am-noon)
   Instructor: John Glaser, President of Seventy

Students will:

  1. explore scriptural and theological foundations for mission,
  2. study evangelism in the context of Community of Christ’s holistic understanding of mission (i.e. mission initiatives)
  3. understand and be able to draw contrasts between traditional evangelism approaches and an emerging post-modern paradigm of mission,
  4. understand the contextual factors that are shaping mission in the western world.
  5. be able to develop and implement a missional methodology with Community of Christ congregations, and
  6. “enflesh” mission principles by sharing “Good News” with each other during the session.

Public Ministry (1:30-4:30pm)
   Instructor: I. David Lloyd, Leadership Development Director

This course is designed to increase the theological understanding and practical/technical competency of ministers in the performance of public ministry. Class topics include worship planning, presiding skills, public prayer, exegetical preaching, and the sacraments of Community of Christ. Major emphasis will be placed on sermon preparation, construction, and delivery. Students will be expected to read assigned texts, deliver one five-minute homily/sermon, as well as create and deliver one Disciples Generous Response. In addition, each student will plan one worship service.

Reading resources (click links below to download):

  1. Exegetical Workbook [PDF 885.4Kb]
  2. Mission & Evangelism Reading Resources [PDF 245.7Kb]
  3. Public Ministry Reading Resources [PDF 102.5Kb]
  4. Worship Developments in Moderate Mormonism [PDF 165.5Kb]


  • ONE class = $100 (+HST = $113.00) / BOTH classes = $175.00 (+HST = $197.75)
  • Audit = $50.00 (+HST = $56.60)
    Students auditing courses will receive the same syllabus and printed materials, may participate in all class discussions and activities as comfortable, but you will not submit required assignments.
  • Registrants must cover their own travel, accommodation, food costs, etc. We are in the process of identifying homes where MEADS candidates can be billeted.
  • NOTE: We encourage congregations to establish Leadership funds in their congregational budgets under the "Developing Disciples to Serve" initiative to support those wishing to enroll in MEADS.

For additional information, contact:

Leadership Development Director: David Lloyd Send email to David

Camping Program Leadership Training

The effectiveness of our extensive camping activities is very dependent on the quality and experience of the leaders. Not only do camp staff need skills in developing programs and working together in teams, but in recent years the proliferation of government regulations and insurance requirements mean that we must rely on knowledgeable leaders to ensure that the church is not inappropriately exposed to financial or legal risks.

We require ALL of our Children and Youth Workers to be certified. Each spring we offer an online class through Developmetrics.org to begin this application process.

The CEM Camping Commission, comprised of dedicated leaders from the various camping communities, runs a yearly retreat for camp directors and has prepared the following Director's Handbook.

Camp Director's Handbook

Director's Handbook (all in one file) [PDF 2.7Mb]

----- download individual sections below -----

Director's Handbook - Cover Page [PDF 347.6Kb]
Director's Handbook - Index [PDF 65.0Kb]
Director's Handbook - Section 1 : Camp Administration [PDF 327.5Kb]
Director's Handbook - Section 1 :Resources For Youth Camps [PDF 108.5Kb]
Director's Handbook - Section 2 :Risk Management [PDF 87.0Kb]
Director's Handbook - Section 3 : Camper Care Requirements [PDF 263.2Kb]
Director's Handbook - Section 3A : Incident Report Form [PDF 13.0Kb]
Director's Handbook - Section 4 : Budget/CRA Requirements [PDF 198.4Kb]
Director's Handbook - Section 5 : SafeFoodRequirements [PDF 131.0Kb]
Director's Handbook - Section 6 : Ontario Camping Regulations [PDF 280.2Kb]
Director's Handbook - Section 7 : Aquatics [PDF 558.9Kb]
Director's Handbook - Section 8 : Emergency Preparedness 911 [PDF 69.4Kb]
Director's Handbook - Section 9 : Forms [PDF 73.1Kb]
Director's Handbook - Section 9 : CCLI Forms [PDF 203.7Kb]
Director's Handbook - Youth Worker Application [PDF 91.7Kb]