A136 Establish a Standing Commission on Formation and Ministry Development

Resolved, the House of Deputies concurring, that Canon I.1.2 (n) be amended as follows:

(3) A Standing Commission on Formation and Ministry Development

That a Standing Commission on Formation and Ministry Development shall be established, which shall coordinate and encourage the development of all orders of ministry, encouraging and engaging all the baptized in the work of building up the church and developing best practices to ensure all churches benefit from the diversity of leadership gifts God has given us.

And be it further Resolved, that

It shall be the duty of the Commission to:

(i) Coordinate and encourage the development of all orders of ministry and engage all the baptized in the work of building up the church;

(iii) Recommend policies and strategies to the General Convention for the affirmation, development, and exercise of ministry by all baptized persons (lay persons, bishops, priests and deacons).;

(iiiii) Support Diocesan Commissions on Ministry in their support of the ministry of all the baptized, Title III Canons 1 & 2;

(iiiiv) Develop and recommend to the General Convention comprehensive and coordinated policies for people across all ages and stages of life for lifelong formation as Christians and citizens.;

(ivv) Recommend strategies to General Convention for the development and support of networks of individuals, diocesan committees and commissions, agencies and institutions engaged in recruitment, gifts of discernment, education and training for ministry, and leadership development.hiring, and deployment.

(v) Study the needs and trends of vocational opportunities for ordained leaders within and outside the Church and the appropriate formation required to live into those opportunities.

(vi) Recommend policies and strategies to the General Convention to ensure the fair hiring and compensation of lay and ordained employees in all ministry settings, with special attention to parity across those lines which have historically divided us, including but not limited to race, color, ethnic origin, national origin, sex, marital status, sexual orientation, gender identity and expression, disabilities, or age, except as otherwise provided by these Canons.

And be it further Resolved, that this change shall become effective immediately upon the close of General Convention.


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