Clergy Support Memorial Church is an Affiliate Member of the Canadian Council of Christian Charities.
We adhere to their five Standards of Accountability:
- Christian Ministry. We demonstrate our commitment to the Christian faith.
- Diligent Governance. Our charity is governed by an independent active board.
- Financial Oversight and Transparency. Proper oversight is via an independent financial audit and public disclosure of financial statements by www.BDO.ca.
- Organizational Integrity. We understand and comply with federal, provincial, and municipal laws.
- Ethical Fundraising. We are ethical in all fundraising activities.
Clergy Support Memorial Church in Nova Scotia is part of the emerging church movement and is a member of Clergy Support Memorial Church, Canada.
Our emphasis is not primarily on buildings as in the traditional churches. Our emphasis is on outreach to those members of the public who have no source of pastoral care through home churches, e-churches, chaplaincies, and weddings, funerals and baptisms.
We believe God calls us to “go” and minister where people are, not to wait for them to come to where we are at 11 on Sunday morning. That is the mandate of Christ’s “Great Commission” in the Bible.
The objects of the Church are to provide for the Christian education of young people, to enjoy fellowship together, and provide pastoral care to the wider community. The Church seeks to achieve these objects by ministering to those who live beyond the reach of traditional church culture.
On October 18, 2007, the Church applied to the Deputy Registrar of Vital Statistics in Nova Scotia for recognition as a religious body pursuant to the Solemnization of Marriage Act and this was granted.
Presently, our Executive Director in Nova Scotia is the Rev. Marilyn Coolen.
As of November 16th 2016, CSMC has a more permanent space in Halifax. It is in Veith House, 3115 Veith St, Halifax. We have leased a third floor office for day-to-day activities and should we need it, the large main floor boardroom is available for larger gatherings, including worship services.
Veith House is an old historical building in the north end, and other Churches have met and worshipped there in the past. With this development we will be able to build more stability into our scheduling and visibility for our Church.
Our headquarters Church in Ottawa became incorporated by Letter Patent May 27, 1997. It was recognized as a registered charity May 27, 1998.
Beginning with one minister in 1994, the national Clergy Support Memorial Church now has over 700 Ordained and Appointed, Designated Ministers (DM) in various Provinces.
Definitions and descriptions of how we minister vary from Province to Province but we always follow the individual Provincial Marriage Act to the letter of the law.