The Bishop Coadjutor of Toronto presented the Report of the Committee on Training Older Men for the Ministry, Section H.
That the Report of the Committee on Training Older Men for Ministry Section H., be received. CARRIED.
Bishop Snell outlined the Recommendations in the Report:--
If it is agreed that there is a place in the ministry for "older men" then we should be prepared to undertake their training. A night school plan seems to be the most realistic way of tackling the problem.
It is also desirable to have a common standard for the whole of Canada. Therefore we urge that a competent committee draw up a curriculum based on two years of night school during which eight units of study will be taken. Then the successful candidates shall be required to attend full-time for an additional year, preferably of nine months duration.
Further, that a testing of a man's suitability to undertake the course be given along the lines of C.A.C.T.M. [Central Advisory Council for the Ministry]
That where a night school is not feasible, the same courses shall be taken under the direction of a parish priest acceptable to the Bishop, or under the direction of the staff of the provincial college.
That consideration be given to having one college for each Ecclesiastical Province used for the final year's training.
That special care should be taken in the post-ordination training of such men. That the Pension Committee be consulted. It might be necessary to limit the upper age so that ordination would take place prior to age 50.
That the Primate be asked to refer to the Metropolitans the implications of H.4 and 5 regarding Training of Older Men for the Ministry, so that appropriate action to carry out recommendations may be taken in the several provinces. CARRIED.
[Text of Report (sections H4 and H5 not included in electronic database.]
Bishop Morgan drew attention to the document "The New Covenant" stating that appeals have been received from native people that the Sunday before the First Minister's Conference be designated a Day of Prayer.
That this House of Bishops respond to the request of Native leaders for the Churches to name a Day of Prayer to precede the final First Ministers' Conference to be held on March 26-27, by designating Sunday, March 22, as a Day of Prayer for Aboriginal Peoples:
And that we commend the document entitled "A New Covenant" prepared as a Pastoral Statement by leaders of the Christian Churches to be used as a focus for this Day of Prayer. CARRIED
Bishop Lackey reminded the House that, at the June 1983 meeting of the House, Archbishop Hambidge, Archbishop Seaborn and he were appointed as a Task Force to study the matter of members of the Canadian Forces who wish to pursue the ordained ministry, and the place of ACPO [Advisory Committee on Postulants for Ordination].
That the written report be accepted as the working guidelines for the Canadian Forces personnel.
"When ACPO is contemplated for the Canadian Forces personnel, the following guidelines will be observed:
(1) The applicant must be co-sponsored by the Bishop Ordinary and a Diocesan Bishop.
(2) The Diocesan Bishop interviews the candidate and helps provide pastoral support through regular diocesan channels.
(3) If ordination is appropriate, then the Bishop Ordinary, at the request of the Diocesan or with permission of the Diocesan, may ordain.
(4) The ordained person may be considered for employment in the Diocese of the co-sponsoring Diocesan Bishop or until accepted into the Forces.
(5) If Provincial Postulancy is in effect, then this will be considered. CARRIED #3-2-84
The question of financial assistance for ACPO from the Armed Forces was raised.
Mr. Johns presented a list of three Categories for ACPO [Advisory Committee on Postulants for Ordination] Assessors. The first is unconditional recommendation. The second and third are now worded so that clarity of assessment is indicated for the Bishop's consideration.
.....is recommended at this time for postulancy. We offer the following observations and suggest particular areas of training and experience to be included in the education and training process.
.....is not recommended at this time for postulancy. We offer the following observations and suggest areas of training and personal growth to be undertaken before further assessment by ACPO or other appropriate evaluation is considered.
.....is not recommended at this time for postulancy. We offer the following observations and suggest other areas of ministry and service which may be more appropriate.
That the proposed new categories be accepted. CARRIED #4-2-84
The number of persons assessed by ACPO from 1980 to 1983 was noted, and it was requested that the Bishops take great care in sending candidates to ACPO.
Copies of the Courtesy Guidelines, as accepted at the meeting of January, 1978, were distributed.
That the words, "or in responding to an applicant for a position" be inserted between the words, "a person" and "from another" in Guideline #1. CARRIED #7-2-84
Moved by: Bishop Goodings
Seconded by: Archbishop Hambidge
That the Guidelines, as amended, be approved. CARRIED #8-2-84
Moved by: Archbishop Hambidge
Seconded by: Bishop Allen
That these revised Guidelines be sent to all clergy by the Diocesan Bishops, and that a supply of copies be available from the National Office. CARRIED #9-2-84
1. Any Bishop desiring to approach a person, or in responding to an applicant for a position from another diocese, should first consult with the Bishop of that diocese.
2. Parishes should be informed that before they can approach a person in another diocese, consultation must take place with their own Bishop who, in turn, would request permission of the Bishop of that Diocese.
3. Clergy who desire to leave their present diocese and who want to make inquiries before submitting their resignation or notice, should first inform their own Bishop and then (with his consent/permission) proceed by approaching the office of Personnel Resources and/or bishops of other dioceses, not any of their parishes.
4. The Department of Personnel Resources should provide adequate notice to a Bishop whenever any of his clergy are informed of a vacancy. A general policy of this Department is not to approach a person who has been an incumbent of his present parish for less than five years or an assistant for less than two.
Bishop Mason presented his draft guidelines on episcopal courtesies which the House of Bishops had requested. The draft was discussed and it was agreed that one change should be made to it.
Under section II, "Short Term or Guest Ministry" point #1. The concern was around the word "been notified" which the majority thought should say "given consent" instead. "Before bishops accept invitations into other dioceses, they should ascertain that the local bishop has already been notified." was changed to "...local bishop has already given consent."
That the House of Bishops adopt the amended document. CARRIED
Episcopal Courtesy Guidelines with Respect to the Deployment of Clergy and Lay Professionals
The following guidelines are intended to clarify the expectations and processes whereby a priest or lay professional transfers from one jurisdiction to another for both long term and short term ministry. The underlying premise is that both sending and receiving bishops should be fully involved in initiating the process and managing it through to completion. They should be fully informed of all decisions, and never taken by surprise or embarrassment.
It is recognized that clergy and lay professionals are ordained or otherwise affirmed for ministry in the whole church. They should not be made to feel guilty for considering moving to another diocese. No bishop should keep individual clergy on a protected or "untouchable" list permanently. Nevertheless bishops have the responsibility to share with one another whether the welfare of the church really is being promoted by the move of an individual priest at any particular time. The timing should feel reasonably right for all parties.
The following guidelines are recommended:
I. Inter-diocesan Transfers
1. Any bishop desiring to interview a priest or lay professional, or in responding to an applicant for a position from another diocese, should first consult with the bishop of that diocese.
2. In dioceses where it is permitted, parishes should be informed that before they can approach a person in another diocese, consultation must take place with their own bishop who, in turn, would request permission of the bishop of that diocese.
3. Clergy who desire to leave their present diocese and who want to make inquiries before submitting their resignation or notice, should first inform their own bishop and then with his/her (written) consent or permission, proceed by approaching bishops of other dioceses, not individual parishes.
4. It is increasingly common for dioceses to advertise vacant positions in the Journal, local diocesan papers, or other publications. Such advertisements should always include a clause directing all potential applicants first to obtain the permission and blessing of their present bishop before making application.
5. In the transfer to another diocese, matters to be negotiated by both dioceses include...any outstanding debts or other obligations, accrued vacation time, date and method of announcement of the appointment, exchange of letters of transfer and bene decessit.
II. Short Term or Guest Ministry
Since bishops bear responsibility for ministry within the diocese, they deserve to be consulted before invitations are issued to others from outside the diocese to minister within the diocese.
1. Before bishops accept invitations into other dioceses, they should ascertain that the local bishop has already given consent.
2. Before a priest or lay leader is invited into a diocese for parish, diocesan, or other recognized ministry events, the local leaders and organizers must seek and obtain permission from the bishop.
3. Bishops with theological colleges, seminaries, or faculties of religious studies within their dioceses, will seek to affirm and respect the principle of academic freedom in these institutions, and encourage a wide spectrum of theological, spiritual, and liturgical inquiry in these institutions. At the same time colleges should seek to develop a trusting relationship with the local diocese and bishop, and seek to avoid unnecessary embarrassment or confrontation.
The Bishop of Brandon described the development of the Commission, and introduced the Reverend H.B. Barrett to present the Report of the Commission. This dealt chiefly with the production of the Manual on Recruitment.
Report To The House Of Bishops From The Commission on Church Vocations.
During the past year the Commission on Church vocations has carried on its planning and thinking at all times attempting to build on the work that has already been done by such able men as Provost Seeley and Bishop Hunt.
The Commission has discussed very thoroughly the future plan of action and the question of implementing the authorization of the Executive Council for the appointment of a full time secretary for Recruitment. Such an appointment, however, has not been made because there was considerable difference in opinion as to the work of such a Recruitment Officer, and, after even further investigation, uncertainty as to the type of person that would be most effective and whether whoever was appointed should be full time or part-time. It is hoped that the House of Bishops may guide the Commission on this particular part of the programme as it is felt that such an Officer could be effective if he had the full support of all Diocesan Bishops in Canada.
One major effort of the last year has been the production of a Manual on Recruitment. This Manual has been produced very largely through the work and inspiration of Mr. H.D. Johns, together with the secretary and other members of the Commission. This Manual outlines the problem of manpower in the Church at the present time and also gives certain statistical records as to how our present clergy came to accept the work of the Ministry and what influences helped them in making their decision, together with other information on recruitment.
We could like to emphasize that the Manual was never intended as an exhaustive theological study of vocation nor as a study book for small groups of clergy and others. Rather it was intended, as it suggests itself, to be used clergy and lay people in parishes as a means of stimulating thinking about recruitment and then action. It has been revised slightly several times already and will, undoubtedly, go through many more revisions before it reaches a final form. Meanwhile, however, it has been used in the following Dioceses in various ways: Rupert's Land, Brandon, Montreal, Arctic, Saskatoon, Athabasca, Nova Scotia, Fredericton.
This Manual was not intended just for general distribution throughout the Church but rather to be used as a source book for groups dealing with the whole question of recruitment. The Commission has always felt that the main Recruitment Officer in every Diocese was the Bishop, assisted by his clergy, and it is the hope of the Commission that, if the Bishops give approval to the Manual, they will arrange to have meetings of their clergy at which they will give them the book and discuss thoroughly with them the whole plan of recruitment in their own Diocese. It is also hoped that each Diocese will have a Recruitment Committee of its own and try in every way possible to interest the parishes to have small committees on recruitment dealing with the situation in their own particular area.
We would like to emphasize that the Commission on Church Vocations has no idea of some high-powered campaign forcing people into the ministry, but rather the awakening of a new interest in our parishes of the importance of the Ministry and the great dignity of this office so that, when God's call is made to the young men of today, the seed planted by the Holy Spirit will fall on fruitful soil and not be obstructed by the weeds of materialism, self-interest, and an undesirable view of the priesthood.
We would also like to point out that more work is required to interest parents and other adults in the Church in the greatness of the work of the ministry, as our research shows that often it is the objection of parents and close relations that turns young men away from choosing the ministry as their life work.
The Commission has also found that there is a very great need of presenting the work of the Church to young men and women of today as a work that is of supreme importance in the realities of today's world. We have been alarmed to find that, while there is a desire on the part of many young people to choose a profession which will be of value to the world, they rather tend to turn away from the Church as they often feel that its ministry to the world is non-essential, non-effective, and irrelevant. It would appear that the image of the Church in the mind of many of these young people today is that it is quite a nice institution and with some part to play in society but that it is not of vital importance in the life of the world.
A plan for action is given below. But first may it be said that the all over task of the Commission on Church Vocations is to awaken the Church to understand and fulfil its role as the instrument through which God may speak directly to all men and, more particularly, to those who are needed to take up tasks in the Church at this point in history.
In order to do this, the following plan is proposed:-
1. The appointment of a full time secretary for the Commission.
2. The use of the Manual in each Diocese. This would seem to be best done by the interpretation of it to all the clergy of the dioceses in conferences.
3. The establishment within each Diocese of a person or persons who would have a direct responsibility for recruitment and who would be in direct communication with the Commission on Church Vocations -- or the linking of those already appointed for this task in Dioceses with the Commission.
4. A conference of those concerned for recruitment from each Diocese with similar people from the theological colleges wherein detailed plans for action can be made.
5. A nationwide series of consultations and conferences by the secretary of the Commission on Church Vocations in order to further local Diocesan planning and to bring the whole matter before the Church as fully as possible. This might be be carried through in the way similar to that proposed by Provost Seeley.
6. The development of literature for recruitment. This would include:-
(a) the provision of memos such as outlined in the Manual.
(b) the creation of literature, particularly on the priesthood, such as that accompanying this report.
(c) the development of general literature on Church Vocations for girls and boys and young men and women.
The planning in all Dioceses of conferences suitable to that area in order to acquaint adults and young people with the meaning of Christian Vocation and the needs of the Church at present.
Ivor Brandon -- Chairman
Bernard Barrett -- Secretary
Commission on Church Vocations.
The discussion which followed produced general approval of the Manual. Some concern was expressed about the use of the word Recruitment, but it was evident that the Commission had given a great deal of thought to this and alternative terms. The Bishop of Saskatoon stressed the desirability of emphasizing the transcendental aspect of vocation which he felt was lightly touched upon in the Manual.
That this House of Bishops urges the Commission to go forward with the production of the Manual with such minor revisions as have been suggested. CARRIED.