CLERGY IN GOOD STANDING (CIGS)
Our ChI ordained interfaith clergy receive and maintain “Good Standing” status through The ChI Interfaith Community, which endorses annual Clergy in Good Standing (CIGS) for professional functioning as celebrants, ministers, and chaplains. Our ordained clergy who maintain good standing annually are also recognized by the U.S. Government and may claim clergy tax status for income tax reporting. Each year our clergy must renew their status through an application process that confirms that they are continuing to learn and grow spiritually. This status follows a calendar year and must be renewed each fall.
To apply for renewal, please choose from one of the four payment levels below and then complete the form. You can pay with a credit card, PayPal or by mailing in a check when you use this form. Need help? Email our Community Minister.
There is no longer a discount given on the CIGS fee for volunteering with ChI, although we still deeply value the sharing of your talents and skills. Please watch for a few opportunities to support ChI at the end of the form.
All who wish to and are eligible to renew their CIGS status are welcome regardless of financial contribution or capacity to volunteer.
Every person’s participation in our community is deeply valued, so we invite anyone for whom it would be a burden to pay to use the coupon code CIGS_WAIVED to waive the fee (watch for the “have a coupon” text below the “password strength” section on the form, click anywhere after adding the code to activate it).
If you are someone who has additional financial resources, please consider donating to ChI as you are able. All support is deeply appreciated; financial, volunteer, or lifting ChI in prayer.
Choose from four levels for your Clergy in Good Standing Renewal:
- CIGS Basic: $200 USD this level covers about the cost of being a clergy member in good standing
- CIGS Plus: $250 USD this level offers support for colleagues with fewer financial resources
- CIGS Supported: $100 USD this level is for anyone who has fewer financial resources (coupon code available for a further discount)
- CIGS Emeritus: $75 USD for those of our beloved clergy who are retired from professional ministry and wish to maintain their status
Your CIGS renewal comes with an ecologically friendly PDF letter of confirmation of your good standing which will be emailed to you within two weeks of your renewal.
We are offering additional CIGS confirmation items for purchase:
- an ID badge with your name and photo showing your good standing $15
- a wallet card showing your good standing $15
- a certificate to display showing your good standing $10
Use THIS FORM to complete a purchase of the ID badge, wallet card, or wall certificate. The link to purchase additional items will be available in your confirmation email as well.
If you need a printed confirmation letter mailed to you, please let the Community Minister know.
Reminder, fields with an **asterisk** are required.
If financial need is a barrier to renewing your status please use coupon code CIGS_WAIVED at the end of the renewal form to waive the fee.