If you have submitted your application and we have accepted it, we call you an Applicant until your membership is ratified at our next AGM in September. After this AGM we call you a Member.
So, what's next after submitting your application?
1. Start or Continue Your Ministry
What we mean by this is that even though you will not become a CMA Member until our next AGM which is held during the National Conference each September we want you to get going right away. Your accepted application means that we begin treating you as one of our members even though this won't become official until our AGM when your membership application is ratified by our members and you are welcomed into the CMA as a member.
Whatever God is calling you to do, go do it. If you need to tell someone who you are with, then let them know you are with the CMA. We don't lead with this and don't expect you to, but if it helps you then feel free to let people know that you are an Applicant with the CMA who's membership will be completed in September.
Applicants may apply for a Provisional Clergy Marriage Licence for any weddings they need to perform prior to September 1st (the month their membership is ratified). There is a fee for this and we will only accept applications for these licences for scheduled weddings. Licence requests must be submitted at least 8 weeks prior to the wedding so plan ahead. Once you become a member in September we convert this licence into a Permanent Clergy Marriage Licence if it was issued for a wedding in your home province. However, membership includes licences for free. For this reason you request your Permanent Clergy Marriage Licence only once you are a member.
2. Schedule the next National Conference and/or Regional Gathering into your Calendar
You are REQUIRED to attend the National Conference in September or an equivalent Regional Gathering in the first year of your membership. It is at this meeting that you will go through your member orientation session, receive the rite of the laying on of hands in prayer to set you apart for the work of the ministry, and where you will receive your ministry credentials. Please go to our Events page which has a schedule of dates of the next meetings.
Attendance at our National Conference and Regional Gatherings is free and included in your annual membership dues. Additionally, if you are married we encourage you to also bring your spouse with you for free. If members of your leadership team or loved ones want to celebrate this occasion with you they may come as your Invited Guests however each of them will need to pay to attend.
Registration is required for all Events. This is done by completing the appropriate form for each event and paying for additional items such as meals if those are offered. One registration form must be completed for each person attending. Your spouse will also need to register if attending with you.
After this first year of membership you are encouraged to attend the National Conference and/or Regional Gatherings each year. However, once you are a member you are only required to attend once every three years. Further information about attendance will be provided at your membership orientation session.
3. Pay Your Membership Dues
Your CMA Membership Dues of $180 for the first year of your membership (Sep. to Aug.) will be invoiced to you by email via our invoice platform and payment system on September 1st. You will pay those dues through that invoice. Those dues will be due upon receipt of that invoice so plan ahead to pay it when it arrives as payment is required prior to your receipt of your ministry credentials.
The next year after this first year of membership, your CMA Membership Dues will be invoiced in the same way at the beginning of July and will be due by September 1st of each year. For your membership to remain in good standing, you must pay your dues each year whether you attend or don't attend the National Conference. Further information about your dues will be provided in your membership orientation session.
4. Obtain Your Clergy Marriage Licence to Solemnize Marriages
Not every CMA Member is licenced to perform weddings as we have a wide variety of ministers who are members. If you wish to solemnize a marriage, any marriage you wish to perform on or after September 1st you will need to apply for a Clergy Marriage Licence no later than 8 weeks prior to the wedding. When you apply you will apply as a CMA Member because the wedding will occur after you become a CMA Member or in the month in which you become a member (September). We use the wedding date not the application date to determine whether you qualify for a free Clergy Marriage Licence. If the wedding is before September 1st, please read point #1 above.
Canadian Provincial law requires all Clergy to be licenced through a denominational governing authority to solemnize marriage under the status as a Religious Representative. This status requires you to perform a religious, christian ceremony which follows the requirements of your denomination. Our ministers must follow our direction for such wedding ceremonies.
The USA does not require similar licencing, so our members in the USA operate differently in these matters but still must follow our direction regarding who they may perform weddings for and how those weddings are to be conducted.
The CMA has strict rules around who you are permitted to perform weddings for. Following these rules are for your protection. Please read our Statement on Marriage. Further direction on solemnizing marriages will be provided in your membership orientation session.