Magazine article Anglican Journal

Church Ends Financial Support of PMC Magazine: Future in Doubt for Publication on Ministry

Magazine article Anglican Journal

Church Ends Financial Support of PMC Magazine: Future in Doubt for Publication on Ministry

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The Anglican Church of Canada's Continuing Education Plan will no longer offer clergy and lay members free subscriptions to the quarterly magazine Practice of Ministry in Canada, a move that could jeopardize the magazine's survival.

Last December, Jenny Mason, director of General Synod's pensions department, wrote to the magazine's board announcing the change, effective immediately.

There were two reasons, Mrs. Mason said in an interview. "We were not too happy with the governance structure of PMC and for the cost of providing those subscriptions, there are other avenues that could provide plan members with the continuing education information."

Pensions administers the Continuing Education Plan, which is a mandatory benefit for all Canadian clergy, lay employees and General Synod employees.

Members will receive a letter about the ConEd plan's actions and may decide to buy their own subscriptions to PMC, Mrs. Mason said. "Some members think it's one of the best publications in the country; some don't know they get it," she said.

PMC magazine carries several pages of course listings, as well as advertisements from educational institutions, which readers can use to plan professional or personal development.

The magazine is administered by an ecumenical board that includes representatives of the Anglican, Evangelical Lutheran, Presbyterian, Roman Catholic and United churches and goes to an ecumenical readership. …

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