The Council received the following recommendation from the Administration and Finance Committee:
That the National Executive Council be advised that the Administration and Finance Committee shares the Program Committee's concern; points out that 1975 Suggested Diocesan Apportionment Quotas are $185,000 above 1974 Acceptance (8%) which provides for at least a large proportion of inflationary pressures; and because of a change in timetable for the development of the 1975 Program Budget (about a year later than usual) which reduces the need for a large unallocated provision, and because of the development of Spending Guidelines for budget/expenditure review, recommends:
That this National Executive Council approve the recommendation of the Administration and Finance Committee that the proportion of the 1975 Spending Estimates unallocated as to program be reduced from $140,000 to $40,000. CARRIED
That the Case for the proposed Anglican Appeal, while highlighting the church's work in the North, Overseas and Evangelism, clearly indicate that the whole program of the national church will benefit from the Appeal. CARRIED #73-11-91
Chancellor Soward expressed the view that, pending the appointment of the Programme Director, other appointments to the executive staff within the Departments should not be made.
Bishop Hunt said he agreed with this, except in cases where appointments are already in the making, and persons have been approached in connection with specific appointments, e.g. a Supervisor for Budget Interpretation within the Department of Information and Stewardship.
That, for the time being, Heads of Departments be requested to refrain from initiating negotiations with reference to appointments to executive staff, and from making further appointments, without first consulting with the National Executive Council; and that members of the National Executive Council confer with Heads of Departments regarding this action. CARRIED
Bishop Hunt was assured that I & S could confer with the committee named above (to review membership of the Survey Committee), regarding any pending appointment, and that their judgment would be satisfactory to the Council.
"C. Recognizing the need for close liaison both among national committees and also between national committees and the Program Divisions; Be it Resolved that this General Synod request the Primate to take the initiative in working with the Chairmen of all such committees to develop adequate procedures to make such liaison possible and effective, and request that he report to the National Executive Council the procedures so developed". CARRIED
[Recorded as No. 110 in Acts of Synod, p. 71. List of Acts includes actions which are NOT resolutions/acts.]
That in the light of the information now received the gift of $150,000.00 from the Anglican Book Centre be allocated to the 1988 income for Program expenditure. CARRIED #58-05-87
The information `now received' is as follows:
- $50,000.00 has been included in the estimated Program Budget spending for 1987 (as reported in document 006-04-87-05).
- $12,600.00 was designated by the Anglican Book Centre Committee for the new Clerical Directory [*Directory not Director, revision as per October 1987 Resolution #01-10-87] (the Canadian equivalent of Crockford).
- The balance of $87,400 will be available for 1988 Program expenditure.
THAT General Synod approve the following goals for the Program of General Synod during 1974 and 1975. Statement of purpose (as approved by General Synod 1969)
`As an agent of General Synod, to share Christian insights and resources so that persons and communities may come to the fullness of life in Jesus Christ and may be enabled to fulfill their potential in a changing world.'
Goals for 1974, 1975
To deepen our involvement with an commitment to the life and work of the Church in other parts of the world, as they develop their leadership and work at social change, and as they confront us with the deeper dimensions of the Gospel.
To increase the strength of Canadian dioceses in their own planning, development and execution of programs as they work at social change, as they support parish and experimental ministries, as they seek personal and professional development and communication skills.
To raise the awareness of churchmen and other Canadians about the `concrete realities of life' in the third world and in Canada, and about the faith, life and work of the Anglican Church of Canada and to increase the commitment of Canadian Anglicans to that work, including the commitment of our money.
To sharpen the focus and effectiveness of our Christian mission, through research, through support of ecumenical and regional planning and experimentation through collaboration with other institutions and agencies.
There were two amendments to the motion on Goals; the first was
Moved by: The Rev. A.M.C. Waterman
Seconded by: Bishop B. Valentine
"THAT in Goal I and Goal II, delete 'at social change', and substitute the words, 'for the social good'." CARRIED IN BOTH ORDERS
The second amendment was
Moved by: Bishop F.R. Gartrell
Seconded by: Canon A.D. Brown
"THAT after the words '1974 and 1975' in line 2 of the motion the following be added, 'and that a joint task force of the Program Committee and the Administration and Finance Committee be set up to promote the full achievement of these goals and the budgets to support them'." CARRIED IN BOTH ORDERS
The Arnold/Clarke motion on Goals, as amended, was put and CARRIED IN BOTH ORDERS. Act 78
Whereas changes in sociological and economic conditions and movement of population in many parts of Canada demand continuous evaluation of all aspects of the Church's Programs, and
Whereas no part of the program is more vitally affected by these factors than those ministries of the Church within Canada in the fields of pastoral and social action, which receive financial support from the National Budget, and
Whereas evaluation requires the establishment and acceptance of realistic standards by which the worth of different projects may be measured and priorities between them set, and
Whereas the Program Committee of General Synod has begun to face this problem by producing a set of standards for application to its work, which standards were approved by the National Executive Council:
BE IT RESOLVED
(a) That the National Executive Council be instructed to give high priority to development and application of standards on the basis of which work done by the Church may be evaluated, and priorities governing it may be set.
(b) That the standards be applied as rapidly as circumstances permit, care being taken that changes in established practices be made without causing undue dislocation of operating programs.
[c](d) That the closest collaboration be maintained with all the dioceses in the implementation of this resolution so that, to the greatest possible extent, all the work of the Church may be developed and evaluated by the same standards, both in self-supporting and assisted dioceses.
[d](e) That it be made clear to all our people that the National Executive Council, acting under the direction of this Synod, will retain oversight and control over the implementation of this resolution, and will not abrogate its authority in this field to its committees or any other bodies. CARRIED in both Houses.