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.]
That the expenses of the meeting of the House of Bishops which is being called by the Primate to consider the training of older men for the Ministry and which will be convened during the last week of January 1961, be met from the interest which has accrued in the Appleford Bequest. CARRIED.
Moved by the Rev. C.P. Bishop, seconded by the Rev. E.H. Patterson:
Whereas there is urgent need for manpower to extend the work and worship of the Church throughout Canada and beyond the Dominion;
And whereas many of our parishes are at present understaffed and a state of emergency exists; and having in mind the report made by the Bishop of New Westminster on the State of the Church;
And whereas the early Church of Christ at a time of great expansion called older men to Holy Orders, and seeded the present Church Universal through their ministry; therefore
Be it resolved that this Synod requests that in every diocese (an extraordinary) and more constant call to fulltime service in the Church be placed before the laity in every Church, and that special means be provided for counselling, screening and training older men who have totally committed themselves for such service.
Moved in amendment by Brigadier Aeneas McB. Bell-Irving, seconded by Mr. W.L. Hammett:
Resolved that steps be taken by the Primate forthwith to issue a call from the whole Church to each Anglican family in Canada for a return to the ancient custom of dedicating at least one son to the Priesthood, and to stand behind that son with such help and support as is necessary in the circumstances.
That both these resolutions be referred to the Commission on Recruitment. CARRIED in both Houses.
The report of the Commission was then adopted by both Houses.
In response to the request of the House of Bishops, copies of a proposed course of preparation for older candidates for the ministry have been distributes to the Bishops. However, after careful consideration, the Committee considers that the Church should discourage the proliferation of schemes and schools for the training of older men, and should seek to integrate such training into the work of the regularly established theological colleges. Some of the reasons for this change of approach are set forth in Appendix (A) to this letter [not included in the electronic database]. The Committee trusts that the Bishops will endorse its views on this subject.
"That we give general approval to section 2."
The Bishop of Huron announced that owing to the decline in the requirement of older men for the ministry, Seager Hall which has carried on a program of training older men for several years, will close at the end of the current year of training.