Comprehensive Review Task Group Report
At the 41st General Council of the United Church of Canada in 2012 the following motion was approved:
To conduct a Comprehensive Review of How The United Church of Canada Lives Faithfully in God’s World
After two years of intensive study and consultation, the Comprehensive Review Task Group is recommending major changes to The United Church of Canada that would revitalize and nurture a range of ministries, simplify governance and administration, and enable the church to live within its resources. “We believe God is doing a new thing and is calling us to change dramatically so we can participate fully in God’s mission,” explains the Rev. Cathy Hamilton, chair of the task group. “Our current organizational structure is simply not sustainable from the point of view of either our volunteers or our finances.”
The report is extensive with a large amount of reading. To view the report, go to:
One item that is specifically mentioned in the report is a tribute to Faith’s work and one whereby our church can take great pride.
“A faith community that elected to not have a building or paid staff: Faith United in Milton, Ontario (www.faithunitedmilton.org)
Faith United Church in Milton, Ontario, made the decision to not have a church building or paid ministry staff. In the fall of 2014, Halton Presbytery recognized Faith United Church as a “community of faith.” This designation recognizes that Faith United is an active, practising faith community but no longer looks like a traditional congregation that has a building and paid staff. The community chose this route so it could focus its energy and resources on outreach and mission. This initiative depends on other ministers in the Milton area who take on occasional preaching opportunities at Faith United, and the availability of the Masonic Hall, creating space for innovative worship and a focus on serving the wider community.”