Commissioners Clear the Way for Remit Implementation

On the final afternoon of the 43rd General Council, Friday, July 27, commissioners approved and made final amendments to proposals on the theme of Remit Implementation.

The remits were enacted earlier this week. However, the vote to enact them did not cover all the details required to implement the significant changes to the structure of the church that will result. As a result, one of the themes for discussion and approval at General Council was the implementation of the remits.

The six proposals on Remit Implementation clarify or expand on details and aspects of upcoming structural changes:

  • Maintaining the Term, General Council
  • Maintaining the Name General Council
  • Prioritizing Clusters and Networks
  • Action on the Formation of an Association of Ministers within the New Three Council Model
  • Assessment Rate
  • Remit Related to the Basis of Union

The proposals on the assessment rate and on prioritizing clusters and networks were approved by a majority of commissioners earlier in the day. But a morning vote on the proposals related to the term “General Council,” wording in the Basis of Union, and Action on the Formation of an Association of Ministers within the New Three Council Model showed that commissioners wanted to refine these proposals.

In the afternoon, there was discussion to clarify the terms “denominational council” and “General Council.” Commissioners approved an amendment to the wording and referred it to the General Secretary. The agreed-upon new wording states that “denominational council” is the legal description of the decision-making body of The United Church of Canada, and it will continue to be referred to as the “General Council.”

Commissioners referred the proposal on revisions to the Basis of Union to the Executive of the General Council for final decision.

Commissioners also approved an amendment in the wording in the Association of Ministers proposal and referred it to the Executive of the General Council for implementation. Commissioners voted that the proposal state that the work of the current task group on the Association of Ministers be made a priority.