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Licensing Committee

 

Mandate:
To receive, review and recommend appropriate action on requests for designation and licensing outside the Candidacy Pathways process.

 

Membership:

  • Chair
  • Secretary (at the discretion of the Chair)
  • At least one of each – Diaconal Minister, Ordained Minister, Designated Lay Minister
  • A person qualified in Supervision
  • Designated Individuals 2
  • Executive Minister – Staff Support
  • Division Chair (Ex-Officio)

 

Duties:

 Licensed Lay Worship Leaders

  • oversee the delivery and content of training for LLWL
  • determine that an individual is prepared to be licensed as a LLWL
  • determine that an individual has completed courses of study to be licensed
  • conduct the annual interview and evaluation with those seeking initial or renewal of licensing as a Licensed Lay Worship Leader and recommend to the Region the names of those deemed suitable for licensing
  • maintain a list of LLWL in the Region (as these names cannot yet be found on the church hub list)

 Sacraments

  • receive applications from Communities of Faith for appointment as Sacramental Elders and recommend suitable names to the Region
  • provide training for Sacrament Elders
  • receive requests to administer the sacraments and recommend action to the Region

 Marriage Licenses

  • develop and recommend to the Region a policy concerning the provision of Marriage Licenses to retired ministry personnel in the Region

 Supervision

  • Follow the regional supervision policy
  • provide training for Pastoral Charge Supervisors
  • maintain a list of trained supervisors
  • receive requests for Community of Faith Supervisors and recommend to the Region individuals for appointment
  • assist Communities of Faith with Supervision arrangements
  • create working groups where needed for the functioning of the functioning of the Committee/Division

 

Skills/Experiences:

  • Chair: facilitation and organizational skills are paramount
  • Secretary: computer skills are important, keeping up with correspondence and processing forms
  • knowledge of polity and procedures of The United Church of Canada, or willingness to study and learn, in relation to relevant policies

 

Accountability/Reporting:
Through Division of Ministry Resources to the Regional Council and Regional Executive on a regular basis. (As often as needed or required.)

 

Powers: 
Must refer decisions to the Division of Ministry Resources except the following:

  • any matters covered within approved budgets
  • individuals to be licensed or renewed as Licensed Lay Worship Leaders according to Regional criteria
  • scheduling and conducting covenanting services
  • approval of terms of Call or Appointment within Denominational and Regional criteria
  • approval of requests for Sacramental Elders within Denominational and Regional criteria
  • appointment of Community of Faith Supervisors within Denominational and Regional criteria

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