That the Resolution re Missionary Work be referred to the three principal Departmental Boards. CARRIED in both Houses.
Resolution re Missionary Work
Resolution passed by the Synod of the Diocese of Toronto at its session held on the 18th, 19th, 20th and 21st days of May, 1943,
Resolved, that this Synod of Toronto gathered in its Ninety-first Session records its deep concern regarding the missionary work of our Church in the rural and frontier areas of our Canadian life; the diminishing membership in our chief missionary area (reported by census to be 12,000 less in 1941 than in 1931 in the three Prairie Provinces, a decrease of about 3% compared with increases in the United Church of 3 1/2%, and in the Roman Catholic Church of 10%); the steady increase in the number of prairie and pioneer missions without clerical ministrations; the inadequacy of the stipends of many of the mission staffs and mission grants for certain missionary areas where the opportunities of the Church are greatly increased (eg, Athabasca and Algoma). All these facts, placed beside our firm conviction that the Church should enter the post-war period with renewed strength, a fair and ordered household, a matured plan of extension and advance, move us as a Synod to call upon our General Synod Boards, our General Synod, and our fellow Churchmen throughout the whole Dominion to join with us in our desire and determination to turn the tide of Church life in rural and missionary areas, to formulate a plan of advance for this purpose, and to obtain the men and funds necessary for its effective application.
F.J. Sawers, Hon. Clerical Secretary; James Nicholson, Hon. Lay Secretary.