Frequently asked questions FAQ

  • how do i become a member 

    Membership in the CMA is a simple three step process. 

    * At this time we are only able to accept members from  Canada & USA

    A. Recommender stage

    B. Application stage

    C. Acceptance stage

    A) As we are a relational fellowship of members, we first ask new applicants to connect and establish an ongoing relationship with a current CMA member. This member will become your recommender to the CMA. Acceptance to the CMA requires all members to have a current member of the CMA as your recommender for friendship and support. If you are not aware of a member in your circle of ministry we can assist you with achieving this.

    B) Secondly we request that once a relationship is in place with a current CMA member, submit an application to our office. Once the application has been received and reviewed we will contact you. FORMS are available below and in the member RESOURCE section by scrolling further down this page.

    C) Full acceptance in the CMA occurs at the ANNUAL GENERAL MEETING during our National conference each year. New applicants are accepted as presented to the membership by vote at that time. All new applicants are required to be in attendance in the first year of their membership*. Please check the conference page for information on the National gathering.

    D) Membership does not carry automatic Ordination. Please refer to the section below regarding our culture and practice of Ordination.


  • how do i become an ordained minister

    CMA welcomes both ordained ministers as well as lay or non ordained ministers. Ordination is not a distinction or status we require for membership. At the core of our culture, we hold to the Biblical reality of persons being set apart for the work of ministry both in a church context as well as outside the typical structure and form of a historical church setting. 

    If you are applying for membership and would like to be ordained, or are already a member but not ordained, we ask that you first consult your recommender.  It is important that ordination comes First from Within your circle of ministry relationships. "It seemed good to us and to the Holy Spirit" is an important principle to follow. We highly encourage ordination by the ones who walk with you and witness to the reality that you serve the Kingdom of God as one gifted and qualified.

    If you would like the leadership of the CMA to participate or oversee your ordination, or simply have more questions, please connect with us.



    LICENCE TO solemnize weddings

    Membership in CMA does not automatically register you to solemnize marriage. Membership does carry with it the ability to perform weddings* in the province in which you reside as well as obtaining temporary permits for weddings outside your province of residency.

    We encourage members to apply for a permanent marriage number registration with CMA in the province in which they live if you are planning to solemnize more than the occasional wedding. 

    We ask members that need to perform a wedding once in a while to apply for a temporary permit for each wedding. When applying please remember that we need a minimum of 8 weeks to process your request. 




    * CMA only authorizes the sacred union of a man and a woman in Holy Matrimony, in adherence to a literal and Orthodox interpretation of Scripture.

  • does my licence work in every province

    As a Canadian member with CMA, you may solemnize weddings outside of the province in which you reside. You MUST APPLY to our office for this ability. Each province has its own regulations and requirements. If you need a marriage number for a wedding outside of your province please fill out the TEMPORARY MARRIAGE permit form below and submit it to us. 

    Please allow 8 weeks for this process. 


  • does cma assist with church planting 

    Anytime we hear that someone with a call wants to Start up  of any kind, church or para-church ministry, we get excited. Launching out in ministry is something we deeply value here at CMA. Our desire is to come along side when and where possible to help hoist your sails. 

    We believe that Start ups  in ministry belong solely to those carrying the passion and purpose of their dream. With that in mind we would love to connect and talk with you about your heart for ministry. 

    If you would like to chat please let us know


  • does cma serve in other countries 

    The heart and core desire of CMA is to come along side of ministers seeking like- minded friends, fellowship, encouragement along with some helpful resources. Over the past years our primary service and focus has been to the nation of Canada. At our 2014 National Conference, CMA members voted to amended our constitution to return to our original church fathers desire to serve beyond the borders of Canada. Any minister in relationship with current members within the CMA are eligible for membership. If you reside outside of Canada and would like more information about membership, please ask us for more information.