Community of Faith Council

Terms of Reference

Communities of Faith Support Council Purpose

a) To support the mission of the Pacific Mountain Regional Council to work toward the creation of healthy communities of faith and ministries, effective leadership and faithful public witness in covenant with Communities of Faith.
b) To create and implement the practices and procedures that embody the ends policies for Communities of Faith of the Pacific Mountain Regional Council while ensuring alignment with the polity of the United Church of Canada.
c) To develop a regional strategy for supporting, empowering and resourcing Communities of Faith in the Pacific Mountain Region.

Community of Faith Council Members

The Council is not representational in model but has a diversity of voices from a variety of geographic areas present at the table striking a balance among urban and rural, ministry personnel and lay leaders, indigenous and settler perspectives.

  • Jim Simpson, Chair – Naramata
  • Ivy Thomas – Kelowna
  • Ruth Stebbing – Whitehorse
  • Jody Dudley – Nelson
  • Simone Carrodus – North Vancouver
  • Lawrence Sankey – Lax Kw’alaams
  • Shannon Carson – Prince George
  • Janice Young – White Rock
  • Sally Bullas – Gabriola Island
  • Pacific Mountain Regional Council Staff: Gail Miller, Kathy Davies, Brenda Wolff

Community of Faith Approvals Working Group

As part of their work, the Community of Faith Council is responsible for developing the procedures for the approval of Property Transactions and approval of Community of Faith Life Events as outlined in The Manual. To manage these applications, we have created a working group within the Community of Faith Council called Community of Faith Approvals Working Group.

The Community of Faith Approvals Working Group is made up of 5 volunteers from throughout the Region and one staff person, Victoria Andrews. They will meet via conference call every 2 weeks to receive, review and make recommendations on approval for property transactions, as well as for significant community of faith life events such as amalgamations, disbanding, shared ministry agreements, as well as governance changes or others situations requiring Regional Council approval.

The working group will begin receiving applications for Approval of Property Transactions and Approval for Community of Faith Life Events on March 1, 2020. The Regional Ministers will be responsible to assist Communities of Faith to prepare their applications for approval, and will be present at the meeting of the Working Group to present the application and answer questions as needed.

Approval of Property Transactions and Approval of Community of Faith Life Events Applications should include:

  1. a cover letter with the purpose/reason for request;
  2. required documentation as per The Manual and Regional Council policy and procedures;
  3. a copy of the motion from governing body making the request.
Please email applications to Brenda Wolff at BWolff@united-church.ca

The work of the Community of Faith Approvals Working Group is held in a spirit of covenant and collaboration. Together, we seek to support healthy communities of faith and ministries, effective leadership and faithful public witness throughout the Pacific Mountain Regional Council. If you have any questions about this process please contact your Regional Minister.