Bishop Matthews reported on the Joint Advisory Committee on Postulants for Ordination (ACPO) which met November 19-20, 1994. This was in response to a recommendation from the October 1994 gathering of the House of Bishops which recommended to the Committee on Ministry that a small joint taskforce meet. It was suggested that the joint taskforce should be made up of two representatives from the Committee on Ministry and two representatives from the House of Bishops in order to review the ACPO process, and to make recommendations about the future of ACPO to NEC when it met in March 1995.
The Joint Committee made six recommendations which they presented. There was some discussion in plenary about the recommendations, the role of ACPO and whether or not it should continue. The question "Where do the ACPO recommendations go now?" was asked of the House.
At Archbishop Peers' request, a small taskforce was formed to investigate whether or not it would be possible for the House of Bishops to reach a common mind regarding ACPO. The taskforce consisted of Bishop Matthews, Bishop Bays, Archbishop Crawley, Bishop Mason and Bishop Morgan. They agreed to report back to the House later in the meeting.
When the taskforce reported back to the House they made several recommendations (see appendix i) and proposed the following motion.
That this House urges NEC to provide funding for ACPO at 65% of the 1994 budget for ACPO. CARRIED
House of Bishops' ACPO Report Response Group
Membership: Bishops Bays, Hiltz, Mason, Matthews and Archbishop Crawley.
1. That dioceses engaged in selecting non-stipendiary and locally raised up priests invite the regional Advisory Committee on Postulants for Ordination (ACPO) secretary or his/her designate to attend the diocesan screening procedure as an assessor in that process.
2. That future ACPO conferences offer the category "recommended at this time for postulancy" instead of "recommended at this time for training."
3. That at this time no ACPO procedure for the vocational diaconate be set up by the provincial or national church structures.
4. That this House of Bishops affirm the existing standard that no one be ordained to the priesthood without attaining an ACPO conference, while also acknowledging that there will be more than one expression of ACPO conference in the future.
5. That the April 1996 meeting of the House of Bishops spend significant time on the topic of "mutual ministry." We suggest assistance be sought from Bishop Tom Ray or Dirk Rinehart.
6. That this House of Bishops urges the National Executive Council (NEC) to provide funding for ACPO at not less than 65% of the 1994 ACPO budget.
(Note: The sixth recommendation was put before the House of Bishops as a motion. See House of Bishops Minutes, May 1995, pages 5-6.)
That the National Executive Council authorize a consultation of representatives of regional ACPO [Advisory Committee on Postulants for Ordination] Committees, the Committee on Ministry, the House of Bishops and the Administration and Finance Committee to discuss future funding of ACPO costs, including a different rationale for ACPO budgets in the light of increased funding needs. CARRIED
That this National Executive Council concur in the actions of the Administration and Finance Committee in the passing of the following three resolutions:
1) That the Inter-Church and Inter-faith Relations Committee be made aware of the purposes of the Assessment and Apportionment Budgets, and that "Program" expenditures charged in 1983 to the Assessment budget be transferred to the Apportionment budget, and that the 1984 Apportionment and Assessment budgets be adjusted accordingly.
2) That the Treasurer arrange with the Ecumenical Officer for the necessary adjustments in the ICIFRC budget to reflect the foregoing changes, that $3,000 be added to the 1984 budget provision for the Doctrine and Worship Committee, and that the "Other Expenses" budget be adjusted to reflect the difference.
3) That the 1984 ACPO [Advisory Committee on Postulants for Ordination] budget be increased by $5,750 ($2,000 in each of St. Lawrence and Rupert's Land and $1,750 Other Expenses) and that "Other Expenses" in the National Executive Council/Committees be reduced accordingly. CARRIED
It was noted that the sum of $4,000 requested for each of the years 1968 and 1969 is to cover the expenses of the Advisory Committee on Postulants for Ordination, of which there is at present only one, in the Province of Rupert's Land. Should other Provinces set up an Advisory Committee, the expenses will be met out of the $4,000 budget. However, the other Provinces are awaiting the results of the Committee in Rupert's Land before deciding to set up similar structures.
In response to the question of the period at which postulants should appear before the Advisory Committee, the view was expressed that it should be as soon as possible after a Bishop first entertains the request of a man to become a postulant. Such a man would then appear before the Advisory Committee at various intervals during his training.
That the National Executive Council request the Budget Committee to make available for the work of the Committee on Theological Education a sum not exceeding $4,000 in 1968 and $4,000 in 1969. CARRIED