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.]
Recommendation No. 1 - The Consultation recommended that field education supervisors of theological Colleges be convoked in a meeting of their own (possibly on an ecumenical basis) to undertake the following tasks:
a) to develop criteria for the training of supervisors both clergy and lay, for the more complete involvement of parishes in field education;
b) to clarify standards for the recognition of clergy as field education supervisors;
c) to clarify standards for the provision of adequate consultation on a regular basis between colleges and field education supervisors and among field education supervisors themselves.
That the National Executive Council approve Recommendation No. 1.
After considerable discussion the motion was CARRIED.
That this National Executive Council appoint the following as its official representatives in further negotiations with other denominations towards the development of a National Ecumenical Foundation for Theological Education, in accordance with the guidelines already established by the National Executive Council:
Three prospective Canadian missionaries are recipients of this year's Archbishop Owen Memorial Scholarships, it was announced today by the Very Rev. A.J. Gilling, Anglican Dean of Toronto.
The scholarships, valued at $500 each, are awarded annually, on the basis of academic standing and need, to students in their final year of theology who are planning to work as missionaries either in Canada or overseas.
The award winners are Robert L. Webster, 28, or Brandon, Man., a student at Trinity College, Toronto; David Grahame Spear, 27, of Russell, Man.; and Frank Lawrence Dexter, 26, of Tetney, England, both students at the College of Emmanuel at St. Chad, Saskatoon.