YOU ARE INVITED to the Kimberley United Church Council Meeting
6:30 pm; Tuesday, September 27, 2016, Upper Hall, Kimberley United Church
Purpose of meeting:
Learn about the remits.
Council will be reviewing and considering five remits which have been presented by General Council for approval by the pastoral charges.
BRIEF OVERVIEW OF REMITS
Ever since its inception in 1925, The United Church of Canada has embraced change to better serve its members. The Bible instructs us to “Be strong and courageous…for the Lord your God is with you wherever you go” (Joshua 1:9).
Pastoral charges are asked to vote on five remits: 1- Three Council Model, 2- Elimination of Transfer and Settlement, 3- Office of Vocation, 4- Funding a New Model, and 6- One Order of Ministry
Summary of Remits:
Remit 1 – Three Council Model: Current system has four courts, or levels, of church decision-making. Propose to reduce to three courts to create a workable church structure in the face of a declining volunteer base and financial resources. The proposal does not simply remove one of the existing courts, but replaces both of the current middle courts with a new regional council.
Remit 2 – Elimination of Transfer and Settlement: This has been optional since 2009 and very few have used it since then.
Remit 3 – Office of Vocation: Will consist of paid staff at General Council Office to deal with procedural and administrative matters and a board responsible for making decisions. This will ensure greater consistency in practice across the church.
Remit 4 – Funding a New Model: A consistent, revenue-based assessment formula would replace over 30 different formulas now in place. The revenue-based model is easiest to explain, more fairly recognizes the ability to pay, particularly for rural and smaller congregations, is transparent, and is externally verifiable
Remit 6 – One Order of Ministry: will create a single minimum pay scale for ministry personnel regardless if designated lay ministry, diaconal ministry, or ordained ministry. Each is distinctive but it is difficult to explain the differences and most congregations are more concerned about effective and faithful ministry leadership. Paid lay ministry will be renamed and will serve in relation to an ordained minister, focus on a limited spectrum of ministry leadership and not carry sole responsibility for congregational leadership. Therefore they will not be part of the order of ministry. more —>