Committee on Community of Faith Support
This committee provides oversight and support to communities of faith, especially pastoral charges in their day to day mission and ministry and guidance with matters of transition such as structural changes, amalgamation, realignment and closure. This committee with a minimum of 3 members reports to the Regional Council through the Executive, making recommendations on matters requiring decisions to these bodies. In the former structure, much of the work of this committee was done by Pastoral Oversight Committees in Presbyteries.
Committee on Community of Faith Support Mandate
Denominational Policies and Resources
Note: The most current versions of the following handbooks and resources should be used and can be found at https://united-church.ca/handbooks-and-guidelines
- United Fresh Start
- The Manual, 2021
- Financial Handbook for Congregations 2017
- Governance Handbook: Policies and Terms of Reference March 2019
- Ministry and Personnel Committees: Policies, Procedures and Practices, January 2019
- Ministry and Personnel Committees: Resources, January 2019
- Sexual Misconduct, Prevention and Response Policy and Procedure (November 2020)
- Congregational Board of Trustees Handbook
- What Do the Archives Want? A Basic Guide for Congregations
- Copyright Guide for Congregations
- Models of Board Governance 2010
- Faithful Footsteps: Screening Procedures for Positions of Trust and Authority in The United Church of Canada
- A Tender Trust: Helping Churches to Provide Safe Service
- Workplace Discrimination, Harassment, and Violence Prevention and Response Policy
- Code of Ethics for Youth Ministry
- Sacraments Elders Handbook
- What you need to k now if you have a cemetery
- Worship Resources
- Stay in Touch, be informed, share ideas
Regional Council Policies and Resources
Regional Council Policies and Resources
- Covenant documents (between Communities of Faith and the Regional Council)
- Guidelines for Self-assessment of Community of Faith – The Committee on Community of Faith Support will be preparing resources / guidelines in 2021 to help communities of faith complete their self-assessments. When they are completed, information will be available in the weekly news and offered in other ways as well.
- We can’t continue like this – closing amalgamation Jan 29 2020
- Breaking Up a Pastoral Charge Jan 29 2020
- Best Practices- helpful hints for preparing great annual reports, to be developed
- Governance documents -checklist for community of faith covenants, to be developed
- Governance Basics – a draft document especially useful for multi-point pastoral charges trying to develop a written governance document
- Provincial and federal regulations, policies, etc.
- Charitable Status – Getting, keeping, restoring, revoking it (https://www.canada.ca/en/revenue-agency.html)
Committee on Community of Faith Support Members
Heather is a Diaconal Minister serving in a rural multi-point Pastoral Charge. Originally from southern Quebec (in unceded territory of Haudenosaunee and the Wabanaki Confederacies), with extended stints of living in New Brunswick and southern Ontario, she has lived in MB and SK since 1999. Commissioned by MNWO Conference in 2004, she has served primarily small rural congregations as solo ministry personnel since 2002. Primarily a teacher-at-heart she is certified as a Spiritual Director/Companion and an SME Facilitator and has worked formally with students in all 3 streams of ministry, as well as doing education and support with Lay volunteers. She unwinds from work with music, movies, as an intermittent 4H Project Leader, and long walks with her new companion Shadow, a 1-yr old Retriever.
Rep to Regional Council Executive
Retired ministry personnel, Covenant of Association with Gladstone United Church; served rural & urban congregations in solo & team ministry; have been convenor of Presbytery & Conference committees in SK and MNWO Conferences, most recently Pastoral Oversight; experience in educational supervision, transitional ministry, facilitating United Fresh Start, Kairos Blanket Exercise, 4-H leadership; enjoy gardening, sewing, travelling with my husband, reading, grandparenting.
Note-keeper for the Committee
I am a retired Registered Nurse, 2019, living in Crystal City, MB. I have been involved in the life of the united church since I was a very young child. I attended Sunday School, taught Sunday School sang in the church choir and am still signing in our choir, and am still very involved with the Rock Lake Pastoral Charge United Church in our small town. I was the Chair of the Exploration Team during the amalgamation of Pilot Mound UC, Crystal City UC and Clearwater UC in 2016. It was during this process that I became interested in the work of the church, which is much beyond sitting in the pews on a Sunday. I am presently the Council Chair of the newly amalgamated Community of Faith Council. I enjoy during Palliative Care and visiting with the elderly in our communities. My husband Bill and I have 3 grown children and 1 grandson.
Retired Laboratory Technologist.
I have been a member of the UCC since 1982 having started my church life in the Roman Catholic Church. I attended Young United Church and worked with West Broadway Community Ministry. My partner, Barry and our daughter, Melanie transferred membership to Selkirk United Church in 2001.
I have been active in my congregation on various committees and served as Selkirk Presbytery Rep for many years.
I developed a love of the wider church and really enjoy the opportunity to connect with people. This committee has been a joyful experience.
I currently am co-chair of the PtoP Regional Council Executive.
Retired from work but not retired in serving the church. I attend the Chinese United Church of Winnipeg and am currently the chair of the steward committee. Prior to rejoining the Chinese United Church I was involved with a different church denomination where I taught Sunday school as well served in multiple different board positions. I also served as a board member at the District and North American Association levels.
Pastoral Relations Minister