The Assembly Council is responsible for ensuring that the work of the church is carried out efficiently, effectively and within the policies established by the General Assembly. It meets twice annually and is both a coordinating and prophetic body.
The Council coordinates the work of the national agencies of the church, recommends policy, and prepares national budgets all the while seeking a vision for mission and what the church might be in the future. The membership on Assembly Council is drawn from across the country so that it can benefit from the broadest possible viewpoint on proposed changes in policy direction.
The General Assembly asked the Assembly Council to develop a strategic plan for the national church to encourage, support and strengthen congregations. The Strategic Planning Committee met by teleconference to review material submitted in 2015 from across the Church together with the Mission statement adopted by the General Assembly in 1995.
With the support of the Assembly Council, the Strategic Planning Committee proposed to update the Vision and Mission Statement with Goals, Objectives and Methods for The Presbyterian Church in Canada. By seeking input from members of the church throughout 2016, the Committee focused on developing the Methods by which the national structures, and the church at large, can facilitate the plan. In 2016, the General Assembly approved this strategic plan for use in the church.
Assembly Council Documents
- Mission Statement (adopted at General Assembly 1995, see Strategic Planning above)
- Assembly Council Terms of Reference
- Assembly Council Terms of Reference Handbook
Assembly Council Meeting Highlights
Assembly Council Minutes
Previous minutes can be obtained by contacting the General Assembly Office.
Executive Committee Minutes
Executive of Assembly Council
The Executive of the Assembly Council guides the work of the council and deals with emergent issues referred to it by council during the year. For the time being, it will assume the responsbilities of the Personnel Policy Committee.
Archives and Records Management Committee
The Archives and Records Management Committee oversees the work of The Presbyterian Church in Canada Archives. The Archives appraises, acquires, preserves, catalogues and makes available for research, the church’s most historically significant records.
With the approval of the General Assembly, the Audit Committee obtains the services of auditors to review the financial statements of The Presbyterian Church in Canada and oversees the audit process on behalf of the Assembly Council.
The Benevolence Committee supervises the administration of the benevolent funds and bursary funds that have been entrusted to the Assembly Council, including the Cameron Doctoral Bursary Fund and the Fund for Ministerial Assistance.
Commission on Assets of Dissolved and Amalgamated Congregations
The Commission on Assets of Dissolved and Amalgamated Congregations acts on behalf of the Assembly Council and the Trustee Board in dealing with matters of property in which the national church has an interest.
Commission on Proxies
The Commission on Proxies represents the Assembly Council at stockholder meetings, whenever necessary, to voice opinions or vote on matters affecting investments held by The Presbyterian Church in Canada.
Committee on Church Architecture
Congregations that are considering building a church or education building, or are planning a major renovation or extension of an existing structure, are to submit the architect’s proposals to the Committee on Church Architecture for approval.
Ewart Endowment for Theological Education Committee
Annually, grants are offered to various groups within the denominations that relate to the three foci of diaconal ministries. The Ewart Endowment for Theological Education Committee is responsible to receive applications for this fund, make recommendations to the Assembly Council regarding the grants and to review evaluations relating to the approved grant proposals.
The Finance Committee provides financial oversight and produces statements representing the operations of The Presbyterian Church in Canada for approval by the Assembly Council and for the information of the General Assembly.
The Management Team is made up of the three general secretaries (Principal Clerk, General Secretary of Life and Mission Agency and Chief Financial Officer/Treasurer). They are charged with managing and co-ordinating the work of the national office.
The Nominating Committee prepares a slate of members for Assembly Council committees and recommends the names to Assembly Council for approval.
Personnel Policy Committee
The Personnel Policy Committee reviews and makes recommendations regarding personnel policies affecting the staff of the national office of The Presbyterian Church in Canada and any other related matters referred to it by the General Assembly. These responsibilities currently rest with the Executive Committee.
The Assembly Council also appoints ad hoc committees and working groups, as necessary.
Funds and Other Groups
The purpose of the Fund for Ministerial Assistance (FMA) is to provide financial support for ministers and diaconal workers of the Presbyterian Church in Canada who are at or near minimum stipend as set by the General Assembly.