The final report of the Boundaries Commission is now available in the PDF below the boundaries map.
This report lists the Commission’s decisions and includes a map of the final regional councils.
The Boundaries Commission thanks all governing bodies that worked with a very tight deadline to request changes, as well as individuals who sent in their comments and questions. Feedback can continue to be sent to email@example.com.
March 7, 2018
Boundaries Commission Final Report Is LiveAfter considering motions from governing bodies across the country, the Boundaries Commission released its final report on February 27.
The 16 regional councils detailed in this report will replace presbyteries and Conferences on January 1, 2019, if the 43rd General Council passes Remit 1: Three Council Model in July.
Camps, campus ministries, and outreach and community ministries can now also be found in each of the regional council maps.
The Indigenous Church, at their request, will continue to engage in a distinct process to decide their relationships within the new church structure. More information will be shared when it’s available.
Please note: People have been letting us know about corrections that need to be made. We are gathering all of these and intend to provide final versions of the maps, the church locator, and lists of the makeup of each regional council at the end of March.
Remit 6 Voting ResultsRemit 6: One Order of Ministry was not approved by a majority of the 85 voting presbyteries and 2,137 voting pastoral charges of The United Church of Canada. (The original announcement incorrectly said 86 presbyteries and 2,152 pastoral charges.)
As a result, our Order of Ministry continues to embrace both diaconal ministry and ordained ministry. In 2018 presbyteries will continue to recognize designated lay ministry applicants and designated lay ministers.
The 42nd General Council (motion GC42 2015-070) approved “the development and implementation of a seven-phase Pathway toward Recognition as a Designated Lay Minister with the purpose to call forth, identify, accompany, equip, assess, authorize, and celebrate those persons whom God calls to and endows for service as Recognized Designated Lay Ministers, offering leadership in Christ’s diverse ministries and contributing to God’s mission in creation.”
Please watch for further communications in 2018 related to the Pathway toward Recognition as a Designated Lay Minister, the Office of Vocation, and the candidacy pathway.
Caretakers of Our Indigenous Circle: Calls to the ChurchThese calls to action referred to in the Boundaries Commission report are now available on the United Church website in English (see Downloads at bottom). A French translation is also underway.
Remit 6 voting deadline coming soon
Feb. 28 is the last day for One Order of Ministry votes
Has your pastoral charge's governing body or your presbytery sent in its voting ballot for Remit 6: One Order of Ministry? If charges and presbyteries fail to cast a vote, that lack of response counts as a “no.”
Church-wide participation in the remit process is vital. Please make your voice heard and help shape the future of The United Church of Canada.
To refresh your memory on Remit 6, see gc42.ca/remits.
Watch for voting results in early MarchWe’ll be announcing the results of the Remit 6 voting in early March through gc42.ca, egliseunie.ca, and this newsletter.
July 5, 2017
Dear Sisters and Brothers in Christ,
Greetings from the General Council Office.
I am writing to let you know of the voting results for Remits 1 to 4. All four remits were approved by a majority of the 84 voting presbyteries and 2136 voting pastoral charges of the United Church.
Remit 1: Three Council Model
Presbyteries: Yes: 74 No: 7
Pastoral Charges: Yes: 1672 No: 222
Remit 2: Elimination of Transfer and Settlement
Presbyteries: Yes: 74 No: 7
Pastoral Charges: Yes: 1792 No: 89
Remit 3: Office of Vocation
Presbyteries: Yes: 69 No: 12
Pastoral Charges: Yes: 1681 No: 190
Remit 4: Funding a New Model
Presbyteries: Yes: 70 No: 12
Pastoral Charges: Yes: 1472 No: 398
There is one final step in the remit process to be taken by the 43rd General Council when it meets in July, 2018. We will now be working to be ready for that prospect.
A Remit Scenario Planning group, co-chaired by Alan Hall (Executive Minister, Ministry and Personnel), and Peter Hartmans (Executive Secretary, Hamilton Conference), has been meeting over the past year to do preliminary thinking on the change process, depending on which of the remits received approval. This group will now be re-mandated as the Remit Implementation group, to have broad oversight over the plans for implementation of the changes that will follow if General Council gives its approval to the decisions that have been approved by remit. David Allen has agreed to step away from his position as Executive Secretary of Toronto Conference to accept the full time assignment as Project Leader for this work.
The 42nd General Council will reconvene for an electronic meeting on September 30, 2017 to put plans in motion for determining the boundaries of the regional councils, and a nominations process for the next General Council Executive, pending the final step in the remit process.
Thank you all for your participation in this important work of the church.
General Secretary, General Council