Dean Fowler reported that the Committee on Ministry has forwarded two Canons to the Handbook Task Force:
1) Canon X - The Society of Professional Lay Ministers
2) Canon XII - Continuing Education Plan
Canon X is being edited and will be presented to General Synod. Canon XII needed revising as it was orginally written in 1967. It too is being worked on.
Mr. Hodgkinson, Administrator of the Plan, explained the reasons for the change in the Canon and presented three proposals.
That the National Executive Council approve Proposal I and the Administration Unit be empowered to use it for a trial period of two years. CARRIED
Proposal I reads:
`To establish a "bonus for use" system.
In this system, a member requesting the use of his or her accumulated benefits would automatically be entitled to a bonus benefit which would be a percentage of the amount credited to the member. For example, let us say that the computed bonus figure for 1993 would be 33 1/3%. A member with $600 accumulated upon applying to use his or her benefits would automatically be entitled to draw up to an additional $200 (ie. 1/3 of $600) bonus. The use of a portion of accumulated credit would work on a percentage basis. For example, the same member using $300 of a $600 credit would draw $200 from his or her credit and $100 from the bonus system, leaving $400 credit for future use (plus of course, a further bonus). This proposal could be financed (using 1982 figures) from income from investments and would not affect the existing surplus. For example, in 1982 the Plan after paying special grants and administrative costs made $47,000 from investment income. In 1982 it paid out some $91,000 in member benefits. A 33 1/3% bonus system would have used up only $30,000 of the surplus income leaving $17,000 to be added to the accumulated surplus.'
That Regulation 1. Assessments of Canon XII be changed to read:
a) The assessments to sustain the Fund shall be $300 per year (normally at the rate of $75 a year from each registered member and $225 a year from each salary-paying source).
That the changes to the above regulation be effective January 1, 1987 except that dioceses or other salary sources who wish to increase the assessment sooner, may, on notification to the C.E.P. Administration Unit, begin such payments January 1, 1986. CARRIED
That this National Executive Council concurs in the C.E.P. Administration Unit's proposal to add to the Salary Source Account from the Reserve Account the amount of $20/active member as of January 1, 1986. CARRIED
That this National Executive Council affirm the Administration Unit of the Continuing Education Plan in the continuance of the Bonus for Use grants and concur in the decision to set the bonus rate for 1985 at 25%. CARRIED
That Canon XII, Part 4(b) (iii) be amended by the addition of the words "at its first meeting subsequent to a session of the General Synod". CARRIED in the Order of Clergy, CARRIED in the Order of Laity, CARRIED in the Order of Bishops by the required majority Act 49
Moved by the Rev. Dr. D.R.G. Owen, seconded by the Bishop of Saskatoon,
Whereas this General Synod recognizes the urgency of significant improvement in the educational ministry of the Church,
And sees some signs of progress in training at such places as Sorrento and the Canadian Urban Training Program,
And recognizes the opportunity for co-operation in the growing relationship between the United and Anglican Churches,
And welcomes the proposal now before the United Church to invite the Churches to a national consultation on ecumenical structures for theological education,
Therefore Be It Resolved that this General Synod affirm the following standards of education for the renewal of the Church in its mission and ministry:
1. We must seek as much as possible to train and educate both lay and clerical members of the Church together;
2. On-the-job training provides the opportunity for testing the success or failure of training. Education should be geared as closely as possible to local ministry and the mission of the Church.
3. We can learn far more from our experience than we do. Research, planning, experimenting and evaluation all need to be elements of designs for education.
4. The Church must be encouraged to use the full resources of the community, including the experience of the laity and the non-Christian.
5. At every opportunity education should be inter-church and ecumenical.
6. There must be as much integration as possible between colleges, dioceses and national departments.
And that this General Synod therefore instruct the appropriate financial authority of General Synod to set apart sufficient funds for the purpose of (a) bursaries, (b) partial support of pilot projects and experimental work with dioceses which meet the above standards, such funds to be administered by the appropriate body of the National Office;
And instruct the Program, Planning and Research Committee (or its successor), and the Committee on Theological Education to accept the invitation of the United Church to participate with other Churches in any planning for a national consultation on ecumenical structures for theological education, and the sharing in the cost of such a consultation.
That Paragraph 2 of Resolution 1 be amended to read "And that this General Synod requests the National Executive Council to direct such funds as shall become available for the purpose of (a) bursaries, (b) partial support of pilot projects and experimental work with dioceses which meet the above standards, such funds to be administered by the appropriate body of the National Office;". The amendment was CARRIED in both Houses. The motion as amended was CARRIED in both Houses.