5. That the training of ordinands be considered as extending over the first five years in Holy Orders, and that during these five years the clergy be licensed at the pleasure of the Bishop, and receive special assistance in their spiritual and mental development and in their practical work.
Resolved, That section 5 be amended to read:
"That the training of Ordinands be considered as extending over the first five years in Holy Orders and that during those five years the Clergy receive spiritual assistance in their spiritual and mental development and in their parochial work." CARRIED in both Houses.
Moved by the Rev. Dr. J.G. Morden, seconded by the Rev. Dr. L.F. Hatfield,
That, as a token of its concern and commitment, this General Synod authorizes payment of a grant of two hundred dollars a year for a minimum of three years towards the cost of training each full-time student enrolled in a recognized theological college as a candidate for Holy Orders for the Anglican Church of Canada, as soon as the Budget can accommodate the required sum;
Be It Further Resolved that this General Synod directs the Committee on Theological Education to inaugurate enquiry of each of the theological colleges recognized by the General Synod as to its standards, needs, and value to the Church as a training college for candidates for Holy Orders; and in particular to undertake a thorough study of the economic and academic efficiency of maintaining ten colleges for this purpose; and to report their findings to the next meeting of General Synod.
That the first paragraph of the motion on the second page of the report be deleted, so that the motion then begins, "That this General Synod..." The amendment was CARRIED in both Houses. The motion as amended was CARRIED in both Houses.
That this Synod, recognizing that recruiting and training for the Ministry is a prime concern of the whole Church, endorses the principle of the observance of Theological Education Sunday throughout the whole Church of England in Canada, when the claims of the Ministry and the work of the Theological Colleges shall be put before Church people and offerings taken for the support of these Colleges, and urges the Metropolitans and Bishops to appoint such a Sunday in each Ecclesiastical Province. CARRIED in both Houses.
That the General Synod hears with satisfaction of the increased interest on the part of our Theological Colleges and of some Diocesan Councils in the field of modern social agency work and of the promotion of new emphases in the pastoral work of the Sacred Ministry.
And urges that continued efforts be made to ensure that all prospective ordinands and all men and women preparing for parochial, evangelistic or institutional work be given opportunity during their period of training to know and utilize the secular social services of the community;
Further, believing that church members everywhere should be well-informed and ready to use their influence toward the solution of the moral and social problems of their communities and of society in general, the Synod welcomes the plans of the Secretaries of the Council for an expansion of their services to the Colleges and Diocesan Councils and trusts that their efforts will be met with fullest co-operation. CARRIED in both Houses.
That this Synod commend to the members of the Laity in our Church the sponsor scheme for training of ordination candidates which has proved a great success in England. Under that scheme, any one or any group willing to take part becomes the sponsor of an individual ordination candidate to whom they give financial aid, personal interest and friendship throughout the training period. CARRIED in both Houses.
That the General Synod authorize the Commission to publish 5,000 copies of the Report in pamphlet form and that the Commission be allowed to continue its labours until next meeting of General Synod. CARRIED in both Houses.
That this General Synod:
1. receive the Final Report of the Primate’s Commission on Theological Education and Formation for Presbyteral Ministry and adopt Competencies for Theological Education for Ordination to the Priesthood in the Anglican Church of Canada and commend this document to the dioceses for implementation;
2. a. request the Primate in consultation with the Council of General Synod to develop pathways to support implementation by dioceses of the Competencies and report on such implementation on a regular basis to the Council of General Synod.
b. direct the Council of General Synod to build on the work of this Commission to fulfill its responsibilities for theological education by:
· coordinating a national register of recommended resource persons for ministry formation to assist in the achievement of the Competencies;
· identifying and/or developing other resources to assist in the implementation of these competencies across the church, as appropriate, e.g. teachers, mentors, programmatic materials and centres of excellence in teaching and ministerial formation;
· strengthening stewardship, including increased financial capacity to support ministerial development, and more effective approaches to the distribution of these resources.
3. Direct the Council of General Synod to undertake the emergent work recommended during this consultation process, as follows:
a. develop mechanisms to ensure that the Competencies continue to reflect the current needs of the Church;
b. develop ways to support the faith formation of the whole people of God, with a view to formation in community for discipleship and mission;
c. develop guidelines for competencies for the diaconate;
d. develop guidelines for competencies for the episcopate;
e. consider the development of a national roster of ordained ministry personnel;
f. continue to work in concert with the Evangelical Lutheran Church in Canada in all of these recommended initiatives, and to work more broadly ecumenically where appropriate.
4. request that the House of Bishops
a. create regular opportunities to reflect together upon the meaning and significance of the Competencies and upon their implementation;
b. develop ways of strengthening the mutual accountability of bishops in the exercise of their responsibilities regarding ordination within the mandates of the General Synod.
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That whereas the Theological Colleges of the Church of England in Canada are jointly spending at least $100,000 per annum in addition to the fees received from the theological students and Diocesan grants, and
Whereas all the colleges are faced with financial difficulties due to the shrinking income from endowments and the increased cost of operation,
The heads of the Theological Colleges request the General Synod to consider the responsibility of the Church as a whole for the training of candidates for the Ministry, and if possible to take steps to alleviate the financial burden of the colleges, and that this matter together with the relevant recommendation in the Report of Committee on Statistics and State of the Church be referred to the Executive Council and the Commission on Training for Holy Orders. CARRIED in both Houses.
1. affirm the continued need of the church to make the formation of persons for ministry a continuing priority of the church in the coming triennium;
2. request the Primate to appoint a 'Commission on Theological Education and Formation for Presbyteral Ministry' which shall report to the Council of General Synod and the House of Bishops through Faith, Worship and Ministry.
That, whereas the Church's ministry to her people is a continuous ministry regardless of the circumstances in which people find themselves, and since the Church must be able to minister to persons in correctional institutions, general and mental hospitals, alcoholism clinics, etcetera, which ministry necessitates specially trained priests to minister in such settings and to promote the development of clinical pastoral training programmes, and Whereas there is a continuing need for clergy to be adequately trained in pastoral care for ministry at the parish level where life and relationships are increasingly complex, and since supervised on-the-job training is not now possible within the curriculum and experience of a theological college, This General Synod of the Anglican Church of Canada Endorses the work of the C.S.S. Committee on Training for Pastoral Care in granting bursaries for training in special ministries, and Further Instructs the C.S.S. to encourage and assist the development of projects in pastoral training of a clinical nature for clergy and theological students, at the parish level. CARRIED in both Houses.