Nominations

2021 Elections

At this meeting of the Pacific Mountain Regional Council, we there will be three (3) elections: President-Elect, Regional Council Executive and General Council 44 Commissioners.

President

The position of President is a key position in our Regional Council. This year the President is elected among members of the Regional Council for a term of June 2021 through May 2024.

The President-Elect serves on the Regional Council Executive for one (1) year as President-Elect, two (2) years as President, and one (1) year as Past-President.

Electing the President-Elect

Regional Council Executive

Membership of the Regional Council Executive is elected by the General Meeting of the Regional Council.

In the establishment of the Regional Council, it was determined that the Executive will consist of eleven (11) to thirteen (13) people including the President, President-Elect or Past-President and the Executive Minister. No one will be a member by “virtue of office” in another Council, Committee or Organization.

Electing the Regional Council Executive

General Council Commissioners

At every level of our United Church denomination, we are seeking followers of Jesus who are interested in being part of the work of our church’s 44th General Council!

The General Council is the national gathering of The United Church of Canada that happens every three (3) years. Each Regional Council elects a certain number of Commissioners to comprise the General Council, based on the Regional Council’s size.

Electing Commissioners

Electing the President-Elect

President-Elect

The position of President is a key position in our Regional Council. This year the President is elected among members of the Regional Council for a term of June 2021 through May 2024. The President-Elect serves on the Regional Council Executive for one (1) year as President-Elect, two (2) years as President, and one (1) year as Past-President.

The role of the President-Elect is primarily to learn by participating in Regional Council Executive meetings. They are expected to be(come) knowledgeable with the policy governance model of Pacific Mountain Regional Council; plan and lead the “Listening to the Owners” segment of the Executive Meeting; assume responsibilities as appropriate; and if required, succeed to the office to complete the unexpired term of the predecessor, and then continue in office in the succeeding term.

President’s Role

The President of the Regional Council is elected by the General Meeting to act as Servant- Leader, to provide spiritual and pastoral leadership, to ensure the integrity of the Regional Council Executive’s process, and to represent the Regional Council to other partners and outside parties.

  1. The duties of President are:
    1. to serve as a member of the General Council The Manual C.2.12.b
    2. to constitute meetings of the Regional Council; to preside, preserve order, and take votes, and announces decisions, and otherwise directs the business of the Regional Council.
    3. to serve as ex-officio member of all Regional Council Committees, to preside at services of ordination or commissioning, to preside at communion at the meetings of the Regional Council and its Executive, and performs other duties assigned by the Regional Council or the General Council.
  2. The President chairs Regional Council General Meeting and Regional Council Executive meetings, keeping deliberations fair, open and thorough but also orderly and timely.
    1. The President plans and proposes Executive meeting agenda in consultation with the Executive Minister, and General Meeting agenda with the Agenda and Planning Committee.
    2. The President may bring in resource persons to facilitate various aspects of the agenda.
    3. The President is responsible for planning and implementing regular Executive evaluation.
    4. The President ensures that the Regional Council Executive acts consistently with its own values and policies and those requirements legitimately imposed upon it from outside the Regional Council.
  3. The President makes decisions that fall within the topics covered by Regional Council Executive policies on Governance Process and Regional Council Executive-Staff Relationships, except where the Regional Council Executive specifically delegates portions of this authority to others, using any reasonable interpretation of the provisions in these policies.
    1. The President does not make decisions about policies created by the Regional Council Executive within Ends and Executive Minister Limitations policy areas.
    2. The President does not supervise or direct the Executive Minister or vice versa.
  4. The President represents the Regional Council to partners and outside parties in announcing Regional Council Executive positions and in interpreting the work of Pacific Mountain Regional Council. The President may delegate this authority but remains accountable for its use.

How to be Nominated

Use this form to express interest and be nominated as President-Elect.

You will need to print off the nominations signature form and submit the completed form to Graham Brownmiller at gkbrownmiller@gmail.com

Nominations Deadline: June 4, 2021

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Electing the Regional Council Executive

Regional Council Executive

Membership of the Regional Council Executive is elected by the General Meeting of the Regional Council. In the establishment of the Regional Council, it was determined that the Executive will consist of eleven (11) to thirteen (13) people including the President, President-Elect or Past-President and the Executive Minister. No one will be a member by “virtue of office” in another Council, Committee or Organization.

The membership will include people who:

  • connect to and listen well to the people of the Region;
  • articulate the perspectives of the Region;
  • consider the well-being of the whole Region;
  • hold “the big picture” front and centre in decision making;
  • have good individual and group judgment and discernment skills;
  • bring skills in church and community governance.

The membership will reflect the many diversities of the Region as far as possible including:

  • Gender
  • Age
  • Indigenous Identity
  • Urban, Rural, Geography
  • Culture
  • Ordered and Lay

The President has the discretion to invite “corresponding members” to particular meetings to ensure needed viewpoints or information needed are present during discernment and decision-making.

The Executive will be a governance body, focusing on:

  • Ensuring it is well-informed and knowledgeable about the church and society, particularly in a context of constant change;
  • Listening well to the people and communities of faith of the Region;
  • Articulating together the vision and desires of the Region;
  • Naming the desired outcomes of the work of the Region;
  • Directing the Executive Minister through clear policies;
  • Using Policy Governance policies and practices as the operating model;
  • Monitoring and evaluating the work of the Executive Minister against the stated policies to ensure fiduciary responsibilities and expected Region outcomes are met;
  • Selecting and appointing an Executive Minister in partnership with other appropriate church councils.

At this time, we are seeking one (1) member who is under 30.

How to be Nominated

Use this form to express interest and be nominated as a member of the PMRC Executive.

If you have questions or need assistance please contact Graham Brownmiller at gkbrownmiller@gmail.com

Nominations Deadline: Extended to 12pm PT/ 1pm MT Saturday June 12, 2021

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Electing Commissioners

General Council 44 Commissioners

 At every level of our United Church denomination, we are seeking followers of Jesus who are interested in being part of the work of our church’s 44th General Council!

What is General Council?

The General Council is the national gathering of The United Church of Canada that happens every three (3) years. Each Regional Council elects a certain number of Commissioners to comprise the General Council, based on the Regional Council’s size. Commissioners are called so, because they are commissioned by the Regional Councils to attend the General Council meeting in a decision-making capacity. We, Pacific Mountain Regional Council, are able to elect fourteen (14) commissioners; the Regional Leading Elder / Presiding Officer (President or President-Elect) to be determined will also attend.

The 44th General Council meeting will be constituted in early 2022 and will consist of Listening/Learning and Discussion Sessions through the following months until a decision session is held in July 2022; the General Council will be a virtual meeting.

How Commissioners are Nominated and Elected

The Pacific Mountain Regional Council Executive has affirmed criteria for the election of Commissioners:

  • at least 10% of our Commissioners be Youth and Young Adult (under 30 years old);
  • at least one Commissioner be from a visible minority, preferably from an migrating ministry congregation; and
  • at least one Commissioner be Indigenous.
  • In addition, the Youth Forum Pilgrim will automatically elected.

In order to achieve a group of Commissioners who reflect all of these values and commitments, a process has been established by the PMRC Executive. We are calling for nominations now, plus nominations can come to the floor of the June 2021 Regional Council meeting.

At the June 2021 Regional Council meeting, a poll will be taken and each voting Council member can indicate up to seven (7) preferred nominees. A group of “elders” (three (3) or four (4) most recent former presidents of the what-was BC Conference) will work with the Nominations Committee to tabulate the results, and then will prepare a slate of thirteen (13) General Council nominees to bring to the Regional Council meeting for consideration and election as Commissioners. After the thirteen (13) Commissioners have been elected, (leaving space for the youth forum pilgrim) we will name the rest of the nominees as alternates.

How to be Nominated

Use this form to express interest and be nominated as a Commissioner to the 44th General Council. Note: the 5 person signature form is no long a requirement. Any questions, please email Rev Graham Brownmiller: gkbrownmiller@gmail.com

Nominations Deadline: Extended to 12pm PT / 1pm MT Saturday June 12, 2021

What to Expect as a General Council Commissioner

For those who were not at the 43rd General Council, or as a reminder for those who were, the General Council will once again be using a process with three separate parts: Listening/Learning sessions, Discussions in smaller groups, and Decision Making using reports from a Facilitation Group which has reviewed information from all the discussion sessions.

Commissioners will participate in the virtual General Council beginning with an opening in February 2022, listening/learning sessions from February to May, three days of discussion sessions in June, and 3 to 5 days of decision sessions between July 22 and 26, 2022.

Commissioners are expected to arrive at the Decision Session (July 2022) fully informed about the business before them, having:

  • participated in/watched the Listening/Learning Sessions;
  • participated in all Discussion sessions about proposals;, and
  • having read all background material provided.

Commissioners will also participate in the work of the General Council for the duration of the three-year term:

  • prepare for and participate in the Annual Meeting of the General Council (currently a virtual meeting held in the fall);
  • prepare for and participate in any special meetings of the General Council that may be called;
  • report on meetings of the General Council to communities of faith and clusters within the Regional Council, and to the Regional Council, as may be required.

Being prepared and ready to work over the next year helps the 44th General Council to be as fruitful as possible. This also means that this is a four (4) year commitment as you are a Commissioner until General Council 45 (2025).

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