We have several openings on Regional committees, commissions, and task groups – do you feel called to bring your time & talents to a Northern Spirit group?

Today’s Nominations Spotlight is on the Pastoral Relations Commission. Read on to learn more about Northern Spirit’s Pastoral Relations Commission! Click here to view more Nominations information and a list of Roles.

The Pastoral Relations Commission

Are you:

  • Interested in policy and procedure?
  • Passionate about supporting strong relationships between ministers and communities of faith in our region?
  • Keen to learn more about pastoral relations processes in our Region and church?
  • Eager to support and connect with the wider United Church?


If you answered yes to any of the above, you may be interested in serving on Northern Spirit’s Pastoral Relations Commission!

The Pastoral Relations Commission supports our Communities of Faith in these ways:

The Pastoral Relations Commission acts on behalf of the Regional Council with regard to promoting articulation of mission and ministry; approving ministry positions, calls, and appointments; receiving and approving requests to end pastoral relationships; appointing and supporting Pastoral Relations Liaisons to assist Communities of Faith with developing their profiles and conducting searches; and appointing and supporting Pastoral Charge Supervisors who work with Communities of Faith without Ministry Personnel.  

The Commission is comprised of up to 6 members, with a balance of Order of Ministry and Lay members, appointed for a 3-year term, with the opportunity to serve one additional term.

The Pastoral Relations Commission meets monthly, currently on the first Thursday of the month, at 9:30 a.m.. Meeting times are worked out together by Commission members. The time commitment for Commission members is approximately 4 hours a month, including time to review meeting documents, and considering that discussions and decisions take place intermittently over email.

There are currently 2 vacancies on the PRC, one for a Lay member and one for a Ministry member. Do you feel called to this opportunity? If you’re new to Regional work, and/ or Pastoral Relations work, don’t worry- Commission members and staff can help introduce you to it.

All applications will be considered by the Nominations Committee and Supporting Staff. If you have any questions prior to or after sending in the form, please contact the Regional office and we will connect you with someone with experience in this area of the Regional Council’s ministry: 780.435.3995 or northernspirit@united-church.ca  

To read more about Northern Spirit’s various commissions, committees, and task groups, click here!


Click here to fill out an Expression of Interest form!