Bishop George Bruce, Chair of the Anglican Communion Working Group, presented the report which outlined the Group's work and the proposed timeline for a decision on the Covenant.
That the Council of General Synod thank the Anglican Communion Working Group and the Governance Working Group for their work and commend the Covenant for study and response to and from the dioceses and regions of the Anglican Church of Canada.
Bishop Michael Hawkins set the context for the proposal for Council of the North funding. Council bishops have been working on criteria for grant allocation and have recognized the need for greater accountability to each other as bishops and dioceses within the Council and to the General Synod and other donors. Funding from General Synod is guaranteed until the end of 2011. Council Bishops have proposed an orderly reduction in funding that would allow the Council to become less dependent on the Grant in an orderly way and allow for future planning. Bishop Hawkins said that while it is hoped that total funding will increase over five years, it will only come from new sources and new initiatives.
That the Council of the North proposal for funding over the next five years, at a reduced rate of 5% per year (based on the prior year’s grant), to be reviewed by the Council of General Synod in 3 years time, be given consideration as part of the budget 2012 process.
The Primate expressed thanks to the Financial Management Committee and to Council of the North Bishops for developing the proposal and presenting it to COGS. Members expressed appreciation by applause.
That the Council of General Synod authorize the use of previously allocated funds of $268,640 from 2011 to be expended in 2012 for Together in Mission and Stewardship Education initiatives.
Members continued the discussion around setting priorities for future budgets.
The Primate indicated that he, the General Secretary and Treasurer were willing to write a letter to Diocesan Bishops and Finance Officers encouraging people to use the resources they have to look at questions of budgeting, stewardship and financial development; to advise of trends that concern us; and outline opportunities to address them – planned giving, TIM [Together in Mission], etc.
That this Council of General Synod begin to move towards the implementation of digital document meetings of the Council during this triennium, and request the Planning and Agenda Team to develop policy for the implementation of this measure.
ADOPTED BY CONSENSUS #15-11-10
[*The Minutes of the November 2010 Council of General Synod meeting will not be OFFICIAL until they have been adopted at the Spring 2011 meeting.]