This letter will serve as another update about what is happening regarding the licensing and ordination process through the Christian and Missionary Alliance (C&MA). In my last update, I let you know that I was going to be meeting with Mike Mitchum who is in charge of licensing and ordination for the Central District of the C&MA.
Plans had to change, but in a good way. I was asked to go to the Central Pacific District office this past Thursday, September 13th. This was a busy day with pastors being interviewed as they worked through their own licensing and steps toward ordination. It allowed me to meet with the leadership as it pertained to me and our specific situation. This meeting along with the meetings that I was able to attend while in Colorado Springs finally brought all of this to completion.
On Thursday, September 13, the elders of Cedars Church received the following email from the Central Pacific District...
To the elders of Cedars Church:
This is to inform you that as a result of our interview on September 13, 2018, The Central Pacific District of the Christian and Missionary Alliance has sustained the ordination of Jeffrey Harris. In addition, he has been approved for a license as “Interim Lead Pastor” of Cedars Church. As an ordained and licensed worker with the C&MA Jeffrey is entitled to all the rights and privileges that go along with being an official worker.
We congratulate Jeffrey and welcome him into the Central Pacific District family!
First if all I want to thank Mike Mitchum and Ray Van Gilst for really helping me through this process. I am also thankful to them for letting me share my journey and to learn more from them each time we met.
Let me explain what the phrase "has sustained the ordination of Jeffrey Harris" means: Since I was already an ordained pastor, they recognized my existing ordination as valid and accepted by the C&MA. That is awesome and a blessing!
I wanted to make sure that you were made aware as soon as it became official. I will still be growing in my knowledge and understanding of the C&MA as we go, but I am thankful that this crucial part is fulfilled.
Cedars Interim Lead Pastor