Resolution Number: A175

Subject: Funding for Theological Colleges

Moved By: Stephen Andrews from the Diocese of Algoma

Seconded By: Fred Hiltz from the Diocese of Nova Scotia

Note: The mover and the seconder must be members of the General Synod and be present in the House when the resolution is before the synod for debate.

BE IT RESOLVED:

That this General Synod request the Faith Worship and Ministry Committee and the Financial Management and Development Committee to find ways to encourage the development of national funding sources for theological colleges.

EXPLANATORY NOTE/BACKGROUND INFORMATION:


Theological colleges continue to function to provide theological education either on site, through distance education programs, or through support of discernment and training programs for locally raised and ordained leadership for a significant proportion of the postulants for ordination within the Anglican Church of Canada. They do so under considerable financial constraint. Further, the lack of national funding sources makes it difficult for the General Synod to fulfill its mandated role to provide some national supervision with regard to theological education in general and theological colleges in particular. This motion enables a process to be put in place that seeks to explore ways of providing some funding assistance in a manner that is consistent with the desire to support some national expectations about core competencies for ministry.

 

Source: Faith Worship and Ministry Committee
  (name of committee, diocese, etc.)
Submitted by: Stephen Andrews, Chair