Pastoral Relations Policies And Processes

In the Northern Spirit Regional Council, Pastoral Relations decisions and conversations are dealt with through the Pastoral Relations Commission (PRC) and its related committees, which are resourced by the Pastoral Relations Minister.  For Pastoral Relations questions or approvals please contact Earl Reaburn.

Background documents:

The Manual: Regional Council responsibilities regarding Pastoral Relations are described in The Manual

Calls to the Church, approved by the 43rd General Council, describes the relationship between the Indigenous Church and the non-Indigenous church. 

Responsibilities – overview:

The Manual outlines the responsibilities of the regional councils in relation to Pastoral Relations matters. 

The Pastoral Relations Commission takes action on behalf of the Regional Council with regard to the following:

  • Promoting articulation of mission and ministry
  • Approving all ministry positions, calls, and appointments
  • Receiving and approving requests from ministry personnel, communities of faith, or the Office of Vocation to end pastoral relationships
  • Training, appointing and supporting Pastoral Relations Liaison Officers to assist communities of faith with developing profiles and conducting searches for Ministry Personnel
  • Appointing Pastoral Charge Supervisors to work with communities of faith without Ministry Personnel, or during sabbatical or other Ministry Personnel leaves
Pastoral Relations Commission

2019-2020 Members of the Pastoral Relations Commission

Lois Belanger, Lay, Edgerton AB
Gaie Goin, Lay, Wetaskiwin AB
Blaine Gregg, OM, Edmonton AB
Lloyd Henderson, Lay, Yellowknife NT
Kimberly Roy, DM, Edson AB
Earl Reaburn, Pastoral Relations Minister

 

 
Ministry Personnel Support Committee

The Ministry Personnel Support Committee oversees and coordinates the Regional Council’s responsibility to encourage and support Ministry Personnel towards health, joy and excellence in ministry practice, including:

  • Caring for active and retired Ministry Personnel and families experiencing loss and hardship
  • Providing ongoing training opportunities for Ministry Personnel
  • Recommending action on licensing to administer the sacraments and other privileges for individuals who retired while serving as Designated Lay Ministers, and for ministry students
  • Supporting networks and clusters that are established related to the above work

2019-2020 Members of the Ministry Personnel Support Committee

Deborah Brill, DM, Lamont AB
Dirk Jessen, OM, Edmonton AB
Ray Olsen, OM, Edmonton AB
Earl Reaburn, Pastoral Relations Minister

 

 

 

Communities of Faith Support Committee

The Communities of Faith Support Committee oversees and coordinates the Regional Council’s responsibility to support Communities of Faith in their life and work, including:

  • Providing oversight of Community of Faith Covenants with the assistance of Ministry Personnel/Pastoral Charge Supervisors
  • Connecting Communities of Faith with United Fresh Start and other applicable program facilitators
  • Supporting Communities of Faith in structural changes, amalgamations, realignments and/or disbanding, and recommending any action to the Regional Council Executive
  • Supporting emerging new ministries
  • Ensuring compliance with all United Church of Canada and government requirements
  • Supporting networks and clusters that are established related to the above work

2019-2020 Members of  the Communities of Faith Support Committee

Vera Engel, Lay, Killam AB
Wendy Galloway, OM, Redwater AB
Steven Johann, OM, Edmonton AB
Chang Lee, OM, Onoway AB
Earl Reaburn, Pastoral Relations Minister

 

 

Lay Leadership Support Committee

The Lay Leadership Support Committee oversees and coordinates the Regional Council’s responsibility to provide ongoing leadership training for lay people, including:

  • Maintaining a list of all Congregational Designated Ministers working in the Region
  • Recommending action on licensing of Licensed Lay Worship Leaders to the Regional Council Executive, and providing ongoing support and oversight
  • Providing training and assessment of Sacraments Elders, and recommending action on licensing and re-licensing to administer the sacraments
  • Supporting networks and clusters that are established related to the above work

2019-2020 Members of the Lay Leadership Support Committee

Tazvionepi Nyarota, OM, Edmonton AB
Linda Roberts, Lay, Dawson Creek BC
Lesley Verdin, Lay, Edmonton AB
Earl Reaburn, Pastoral Relations Minister