Magazine article Anglican Journal

Group Reviews Church Structures: Report Says Change Is 'Needed and Inevitable'

Magazine article Anglican Journal

Group Reviews Church Structures: Report Says Change Is 'Needed and Inevitable'

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Mississauga, Ont.

A working group has completed its review of the way the Anglican Church of Canada is being governed, paving the way for discussion and possible action at General Synod 2007.

Change is needed and inevitable, said the governance working group, created last year following a request made by General Synod in 2004 that the Council of General Synod (CoGS) review the church's structures.

In its report, the group cited as reasons for reviewing the church's governance: "the widely held view that our church is over-governed, i.e., our governance structures are too big, too multi-layered and too complicated;" the reality of "a lack of money at virtually every level of our church; and the "distinct lack of interest in 'running' the institution among many of its younger members."

But the "most important and immediate" factor is the endorsement in 2004 by General Synod of the New Agape proposal for a self-governing aboriginal "church within a church," the group said. …

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