Strategic Vision for CMC

2013 – 2015


The vision setting process for Conservative Mennonite Conference began in May 2010, with the formation of a Strategic Visioning Advisory Team (SVAT) by the CMC Executive Board. The team met about three times a year and benefited from repeated input from CMC ministers in the context of business meetings over a three year period.

The process culminated in a CMC Summit at the Rosedale International Center, Columbus, Ohio, on October 11-13, 2012. Thirty persons attended that meeting, with the participants consisting primarily of CMC ministers representing different geographical areas of CMC. The document below reflects the work of the summit, with some additional tweaking by the Executive Board. The document was recommended for approval by the CMC Executive Board and was unanimously approved in a vote of the CMC ministers during the business meeting of Pastors’ Conference in February 20, 2013.

This document serves as a guide to the CMC office and Executive Board in resourcing CMC ministers and churches to become better leaders, disciple makers, and partners with each other and the CMC agencies.

Updates are in bold. Follow links to more detailed information.

Objective #1: Develop a culture of effective leadershipGoal: Within three years CMC will develop and adopt an intentional leadership development plan.

Action Steps:

  1.  Appoint an appropriately gifted person to facilitate and develop this plan. (A Leadership Team of 13 people met three times in the fall of 2013 and the winter and spring of 2014 and developed a plan. David Kochsmeier served as chair. Their recommendations can be seen here and were approved by the CMC ministers in August 2014.)
  2.  Utilize the present overseer system to deliver the plan. (A retreat for overseer training and visioning has held September 25-27, 2014. Minutes of the meeting can be read here.)
  3.  Offer a pilot life coaching group to young leaders exploring effectiveness and relevance.

Goal:  In an effort to foster young leaders, within three years a concerted and conscious effort will be made to ensure that 25% of each of the CMC elected committees and boards will consist of persons under the age of 40.

Action Steps:

  1.  By February 2014, the Nominating Committee will prepare a slate to reflect steps of presenting persons under 40 years of age.
  2. Percentages of progress will be reported by the chairman of the Nominating Committee at CMC business meetings before presentation of the ballot.


Objective #2: Develop a culture of intentional discipleshipGoal:  Within three years CMC will assist 10% of its churches in initiating a church plant.

Action Steps:

  1.  In consultation with the CMC Executive Board, the RMM Board will appoint a Church Planting Team (CPT) with a coordinator. The CMC Conference Pastor will serve as an ex officio member of the CPT. (Nate Olmstead of Croghan, New York, serves as coordinator of the Church Planting Team. Other members include Larry Kaufman and Dion Peachey.)
  2.  The CPT will discern church planting models appropriate for CMC.
  3.  The CPT will develop a discernment process for churches interested in planting a church.
  4.  RMM will provide financial support for the CPT coordinator. (Nate is bi-vocational and partially supported by RMM.)
  5.  The CPT coordinator will report to the RMM Executive Team and the CMC Conference Pastor will report to the CMC Executive Board.

Goal:  Within three years CMC will offer assistance to 75% of its churches in developing and implementing a written strategy for making and growing disciples.

Action Steps:

  1.   The CMC Executive Board will appoint a Discipleship Team (DT) with a coordinator. (A Discipleship Team of 15 people met three times between September 2013 and April 2014. Max Zook served as chair.)
  2.   The DT will develop, review, recommend and/or make available Biblical curriculum for discipleship that fits CMC theology. (Click here for a link to CMC’s curriculum Kingdom Come which became available in August 2014.)
  3.   The DT will create an online toolbox which includes discipleship resources, models, blogs, forums, webinars, etc.(Click here for a link to discipleship resources recommended by CMC.)
  4.   The DT will provide quality discipleship training and equipping sessions at all conference events such as a “Discipleship Day” at Pastors’ Conference and a discipleship focus at Annual Conference. Consideration will be given to the suggestion that, for the next three years at Pastors’ Conference, one day will be given to each of the 3 objectives.
  5.   The DT will promote discipleship training events and seminars. Example: taking the REACH experience to local churches. (Click here for a link to Foundational Building Blocks of Discipleship Training that is used by REACH and other discipleship training programs across the world.)

Goal:  Within three years CMC will assist 75% of its ministers in developing effective “Paul and Timothy” (mentor/mentee) relationships.This will be the first step to implementing the same in CMC congregations.

Action Steps:

  1.   The CMC Conference Pastor will coordinate the promotion of this at “Discipleship Day” of Pastors’ Conference.
  2.   The Conference Pastor will work with overseers to implement this.


Objective #3: Develop a culture of strategic partnershipGoal:  Over the next three years, the CMC Executive Board will take action to build synergy between the CMC office, RMM, and RBC.

Action Steps:

  1.   The Executive Board will convene joint board meetings once a year. (The first such meeting was held in February 2014 in connection with CMC’s Pastors Conference.)
  2.   Joint agency staff meetings will continue to convene three times a year. (This has been ongoing since 2010 and continues to the present.)
  3.   The Executive Board will synchronize capital endeavors during joint board meetings.
    • For capital fund raising projects of $100,000 – 250,000, a courtesy phone call will be made between agency leaders.
    • For capital fund raising projects of 250, 000 or more, joint board action will be required.

Goal:  Over the next three years, CMC will recognize existing regional clusters of pastors and stimulate the formation of new clusters so that, over the next three years, 75% of CMC pastors will have access to a regional cluster.

Action Steps:

  1.   In consultation with the CMC Executive Board, the Conference Minister will develop a plan and work with local pastors in formulating a workable schedule, format, and leadership for the meetings.      

Goal:  Within the next 3 years, the Executive Board will review the current leadership structure of CMC and the funding policy of suggested per member giving by the churches.

Action Steps:

  1.   In light of the mission and goals of CMC, the CMC Executive Board will review current conference structures and propose any needed changes to pastors for their approval by February 2014. (The Executive Board invited a RMM board rep, an RBC board rep, and several ministers at large to sit with them and assist in the review. The first review was held on July 31, 2014.)