That the Council of the General Synod request the Faith, Worship and Ministry Committee to establish a consultation to examine and make recommendations to the appropriate bodies concerning:
a) the role and governance of ACPO [Advisory Committee on Postulants for Ordination];
b) alternate models of ministry and methods of discernment for these models; and
c) the appropriate lines of accountability for processes relating to all models on the diocesan, provincial and national levels;
d) other issues raised in the proposal of Faith, Worship and Ministry;*
with representation from:
a) the House of Bishops
b) the Faith, Worship and Ministry Committee
c) ACPO secretaries
d) Theological Colleges; and
e) those conversant with the concept of mutual ministry
with funding for the consultation to be provided from existing budgets of the Faith, Worship and Ministry Committee and the House of Bishops, and to report the interim results of the consultation to the Council of General Synod no later than the Fall of 1997. CARRIED #39-11-96
*See report #006-06, item 3.1.
Faith, Worship and Ministry received a copy of the House of Bishops' Memorandum dated 21 May 1996 "Recommendations to the Council of General Synod re ACPO". Out of the discussion of this memo arose a proposal from Faith, Worship and Ministry regarding the House of Bishops' recommendation that the Council of General Synod establish a consultation regarding the role of ACPO, models of ministry, and lines of accountability. It is offered to the Council as a suggestion as to how to respond to the House of Bishops' request:
PROPOSAL FOR PROCESS OF CONSULTATION ON MINISTRY AND THEOLOGICAL EDUCATION
Purpose: To review and propose revisions to the national standards of the Anglican Church of Canada regarding ordained ministry and theological education.
1. Review the conversations and findings of the OPCOTE ministry conference at Huron College in May 1996.
2. Survey present standards, practices, and conversations in the various dioceses of the Anglican Church of Canada, and representative other branches of the Anglican Communion and representative other communions.
3. Define questions and promote conversations regarding ordained ministry (including non-stipendiary ordained ministry, vocational diaconate, shared ministry, local ministry and other new forms of ordained ministry) and theological education (including recruitment, discernment, and evaluation) of the following constituencies of the Anglican Church of Canada: bishops; executive archdeacons; heads and chief academic officers of theological colleges; ACPO secretaries; representatives of persons involved in new forms of ordained ministry.
4. Convene regionally based conferences involving bishops, executive archdeacons, heads and chief academic officers of theological colleges, ACPO secretaries, persons involved in new forms of ordained ministry, and lay people, being sure to include persons from groups often unheard or marginalized.
5. Write a report with recommendations for changes in canons and new canons.
6. Convene a national conference involving three persons from each of the five conferences in #4, to discuss the report and recommendations.
7. Present the findings and recommendations to General Synod in 2001.
The Committee also considered recommendations 2 and 3 from the House, noting that there is an inconsistency between them. The second recommendation might more properly read "ACPO be considered by all concerned as discernment for postulancy for the professional model of priesthood".