Council Members encourage clergy and lay leaders in their dioceses to give leadership in one or both of the 'data gathering exercises’ Lent to Pentecost 2009: Mission Study and "Tell Us your Story". APPROVED BY CONSENSUS #10-11-08
That the NEC or it successor establish a Mission Audit Team which, in cooperation with the Implementation Team for "Preparing the Way", would examine the current Mission Statement and activity of each committee, council and board of the General Synod to:
- ensure relevancy to the vision of General Synod which gave reason for its existence;
- decipher the degree of inter-unit cooperation and sharing so that common goals are indentified and supported;
- explore the method of operation of the unit so that the means and end result are in accord with the current mission and direction of the General Synod;
- report to the NEC with appropriate recommendations on the adequacy of resourcing for the task which the unit has been called to do, and the methods which may be developed to seek additional funds beyond budget allotments, so that conflict may be avoided where possible;
- make such other comments and recommendations touching the ministry activity of the committees, councils and boards of the General Synod as it deems necessary and appropriate. CARRIED #48-03-95
That the Terms of Reference for the Mission Audit Team of NEC or its successor be adopted. CARRIED #49-03-95
(The Terms of Reference are found in Appendix H)
Mission Audit Team - Terms of Reference
To assist the NEC or its successor, and its Implementation Team for Preparing the Way, to ensure that the standing committees, councils and boards in the new structure continue to creatively serve the General Synod priorities.
To conduct an audit of each committee, council and board seeking to:
- discern the relevancy of the unit's work in the vision of General Synod which gave reason for its existence;
- discover the degree of inter-unit cooperation and sharing experienced by and participated in by the unit;
- explore the method of operation of the unit so that the means and end result are in accord with the current mission and direction of General Synod;
- discover the adequacy of resourcing for the task which the unit has been called to do, and the methods which might be developed to seek additional funds, if needed, within the context of a coordinated General Synod fundraising strategy;
- offer each unit an opportunity for constructive self-evaluation;
To make comments and recommendations to the NEC or its successor touching the ministry activity of the committees, councils and boards of the General Synod;
To work in collaboration with the Implementation Team, supplementing its work and responding to its concerns for evaluation and its questions;
To develop a prototype audit to share with other parts of the Church for their use and adaptation.
Reports to the National Executive Council, or its successor.
Four members, supplemented in each audit by other volunteers and/or staff who would be particularly able to contribute because of their expertise.
- evaluation skills
- consultation skills
- commitment to a unified yet diverse ministry of the General Synod
Term of Office/Method of Appointment
It is suggested that an application process for these positions would be the most appropriate way to seek out Anglicans best suited for this task. A search through the Primate's Office may be required to supplement this process, where necessary. Appointments will be made by the Primate and Prolocutor, in consultation.
Term of Office: Three years.
One planning meeting at the beginning of each triennium would be essential to develop the process. Another meeting, towards the end of the triennium, would enable summary, reflection and self-audit. Conference calls would suffice in between.
Actual audits would probably take 2-3 days; two days for the audit and one day to develop a report to the "Preparing the Way Implementation Team" and to the National Executive Council, or its successor. However, it is unlikely that more than one per year would be done by any one member, if the theory is followed of recruiting people with particular expertise. A suggestion might be that audits be conducted outside Toronto so that experts in various parts of the country can be involved in implementing the audit process.
Benefits to Members
- an opportunity to provide expertise to the Church nationally
- a clearer understanding of the Church and its ministry
- an increased sense of unity in the ministry of the Church nationally
Members of the Anglican Church of Canada's General Synod have adopted a plan that focuses strongly on the development of new resources and church work at the local level.
The plan, entitled "Loving God's World, Strengthening the Church [sic i.e. Serving God's World, Strengthening the Church]", would maintain most of the work the church is now doing both nationally and internationally, and also add work giving the national church a stronger role in assisting parishes at the local level.
It would be phased in as resources for its implementation become available.
The plan is called a "framework" rather than a strategic plan to emphasize flexibility in its implementation.
The plan, which would be in effect until 2010, identifies seven major priorities in the next six years:
- Strengthening and developing Anglican identity;
- The development of local communities through networks and other programs;
- More effective communication of church stories;
- Building and strengthening relationships with indigenous peoples
- Developing and strengthening the church's financial capacity;
- Developing partnerships to better advocate for social justice, and
- Continued support for the church's international partners.
The General Synod is the national embodiment of the church's 30 dioceses and generally focuses on work that is best done or that can only be done at the national level.
Synod members also approved an accompanying document "Letting Down the Nets" that envisages a renewed emphasis on fostering planned giving initiatives and on assisting the local church with stewardship development.
The Anglican General Synod is the church's highest governing and legislative body. It is made up of lay people, deacons, priests and bishops elected from each of the church's 30 dioceses, and meets every three years. The synod has been meeting in this Southern Ontario city to conduct the church's business for the past eight days.
The General Synod gathering concludes today with the installation as Primate of Archbishop Andrew Hutchison of Montreal. He will be formally installed as Primate at a church service at Hamilton's Christ's Church Cathedral this afternoon.
The General Synod elected Archbishop Hutchison Primate on Monday [31 May 2004]. He succeeds Archbishop Michael Peers who served in the senior position for 18 years and who retired last February.
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For more information, please contact: Vianney (Sam) Carriere, Director of Communications, OR Brian Sarjeant, Media Relations, at the General Synod Media Room: 905-984-4868. Mr. Carriere's cell phone is 416-540-3653; Mr. Sarjeant's cell phone is 613-558-5023
TORONTO (June 30) -- The Anglican Church of Canada has announced staffing and structural changes to bring the national staff organization in line with the priorities and focus approved by its chief governing body earlier this month.
The key element in the new structure, as described by Archbishop Michael Peers, is a nine-person management team to direct the work and priorities in those areas approved by General Synod in Ottawa.
The restructuring has resulted in the elimination of three staff positions: Congregational Development consultant, Editor and General Manager of the Anglican Journal, and Director of the Anglican Book Centre.
Congregational development work will no longer be initiated at the national level. The Anglican Journal and Anglican Book Center will both come under the management of a new Information Resources Group. This reflects the priority General Synod gave to the development of a coordinated communications strategy that would incorporate all aspects of information dissemination under one umbrella department.
Archbishop Peers said the editorial independence of the Anglican Journal was affirmed by General Synod and will continue under a new editor, to be appointed. Carolyn Purden, who held the editor and general manager position at the Journal, was given a severance package. The new editor will be responsible for the editorial direction of the paper, but not its financial management.
General Synod also called on the national organization to bring more focus and integration to the work it does. It recommended a more consultative as opposed to legislative, style as well as more networks and fewer formal structures.
The management team announced by the Primate will include himself, the General Secretary and seven directors responsible for Financial Management; Financial Development; Faith, Worship and Ministry; the Primate's World Relief and Development Fund; Partnerships; Pensions; and Information Resources.
In announcing the changes to staff, Archbishop Peers stressed that they were not intended to effect a downsizing in staff. What they are meant to do, he said, is reflect the wishes of General Synod and implement a new way of working.
"In the long term we are looking at ways we can do our work better together, not better with fewer people," he said. "What we have been talking about is reorganization, not downsizing."
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Contact Doug Tindal, Director of Communication 416-924-9199 ext. 286; 905-335-8349 (residence) or Sam Carriere, Media Relations, General Synod, 416-924-9199, ext. 256
OTTAWA -- (June 6) The Anglican Church of Canada has approved a new strategic plan that refocuses where it will spend its energy and calls for new ways for church members to work together, stressing consultation and networking rather than legislation.
Called "Preparing the Way" the church's plan is itself the result of an extensive three-year-long consultation process that involved church members from across the country at all levels. The plan was approved by the church's 300-member General Synod, including lay members, clergy and bishops, meeting in Ottawa this week.
Under the strategic plan, the church's national organization will concentrate its resource on nurturing and building overseas partnerships and on advocacy for social justice issues. It will also work at developing ecumenical relationships with other churches and on clarifying Anglican identity, liturgy and worship.
The plan also reaffirms the church's commitment to its northern dioceses and pledges to help those dioceses work towards financial self-sufficiency.
Much of the domestic work that the national church has been involved in in the past, such as congregational development and stewardship education, will now be the responsibility of the 30 dioceses, on the principle that local work is best done locally.
The plan calls for a restructuring of the church's national organization with a view to reducing the number of national committees and boards that have traditionally overseen the Anglican Church's work.
This will not only be a cost-saving measure, but will free funds for the church to devise ways of meeting and working that stress consultation rather than legislation, according to plan.
The church's new structure will stress flexibility, responsiveness, trust and consultation. It also calls for new ways of working together through cross-country networks and a greater use of electronic communications.
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Contact: Sam Carriere or Lorie Chortyk, Media Relations, General Synod. News Room: (613) 788-2600 ext. 2040 Cellular (613) 720-1468
OTTAWA (June 9) -- The Anglican Church of Canada has emerged from a nine-day national meeting here with a new structure, new priorities and plans to publish a new hymn book.
The church's General Synod, a chief governing body of more than 300 lay and clergy members and bishops, also affirmed the presence and contributions of gay men and lesbians to the church and agreed to "deepen and extend" a three-year-old study of homosexuality.
General Synod heard presentations about the on-going work of healing and reconciliation within the Anglican Church for former students of native residential schools and approved a covenant drafted by indigenous people in which they express a desire to form a self-determining community within the Anglican Church.
The priorities adopted by General Synod call for the church to focus its energies on advocacy for social justice causes and on developing overseas partnerships. Related to those priorities, the church also approved a new national structure which is less legislative in tone and relies more on networking and consultation.
After a lengthy debate, Synod members authorized the church's Hymn Book Task Force to complete preparation of a new book which introduced female imagery of God, inclusive language and a broad range of musical styles. In addition to well-beloved traditional tunes, the new book includes popular folk tunes, gospel music, contemporary praise choruses and music from countries around the world.
In other business, the church agreed to extend use of its modern Book of Alternative Services for another three years and undertook to continue developing inclusive language for its rites. It also approved a motion to develop a eucharistic rite that includes "native spiritual traditions and other cultural traditions".
The General Synod also dealt with more than 60 resolutions on a wide variety of topics including matters of domestic and foreign policy, the Anglican Church's relationship with other churches, peace and environmentalism. Among these were:
- A resolution commending the federal government's commitment to devoting 0.7% of GNP to development assistance but expressing concern that foreign aid policy emphasizes Canada's economic assistance;
- One expressing "grief and outrage" at genocide in Rwanda and Burundi and regretting that governments, including the Canadian government, failed "to anticipate and prevent the evil that occurred";
- One reaffirming support of First Nations' struggles "to obtain justice regarding land claims through negotiations";
- One commending the Canadian Fisheries minister for his strong stand on conservation of East Coast fish stocks, and urging a similar stand with regards to the West Coast, and;
- One calling on the Minister of Immigration to exempt refugees and their families from paying a landing fee.
Nine ecumenical visitors from across Canada, the United States and overseas were invited to attend and reflect on General Synod as "partners" of the Anglican Church.
One of these visitors, Bishop Dinis Sengulane of the Diocese of Lebombo in Mozambique, spoke at a service at Christ Church Cathedral [written Cathedral Christ Cathedral], calling on the church and on all Canadians to denounce gun ownership and the shipment of arms to war-torn countries.
Bishop Sengulane is internationally-known for his role in bringing about a negotiated end to civil war in Mozambique.
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"The Anglican Church of Canada has embarked on an ambitious project to create its next long-term strategic plan, Vision 2019. The church is asking for input from all Anglicans in Canada on a two-part question: 'Where is your church now, and where do you think it should be in 2019 ?'" "Lisa Barry, senior producer at Anglican Video, is head of a staff group in charge of the project at the General Synod offices in Toronto." "The focus is on the five marks of mission. A study guide to stimulate discussions can de downloaded from the Vision 2019 page of www.anglican.ca." "Submissions will be accepted until Oct. 1 . Videos should be kept to a 10-minute length and voicemail messages to five minutes".
That this National Executive Council ask the national Steering Committee of Anglicans in Mission and the Program Committee to bring an outline of a plan to the November 1982 National Executive Council meeting for the integration and continuation of the Anglicans in Mission thrust in the life of the Church; and that such a plan include an examination of the results of our planning, mission study and financial development and a process for sharing of our findings ecumenically and in the Anglican Communion. CARRIED
The Primate thanked those from the CCS, Canons Hobbs and Bresee and the Anglicans in Mission staff at Church House for their work.