United Church of Canada
The United Church of Canada (United Church of Canada) is the largest denomination of Protestant Christianity in Canada. It is also the second largest denomination of Canadian Christianity after the Roman Catholic Church. The United Church was formed in 1925 by a combination of four Protestant denominations. The Methodist Church of Canada, the Congregational Churches of Ontario and Quebec, two-thirds of the Presbyterians of Canada, and the Association of Local Union Church in the Plains. On January 1, 1968, the Canadian Conference of the Gospel Joint Brotherhood also participated in the Joint Church.
According to the 2008 United Church statistics, there are about 525,000 members and 2.8 million believers. About 200,000 people participate in the regularly held 3362 pastoral districts. From 1991 to 2001, the number of people in the United Church decreased by 8%, the third lowest among the mainstream Christian denominations in Canada.
Regarding the church organization, the United Church is operated in a "bottom-up" style. Teachers are selected by the congregation and are not appointed in a position like a director. Ecclesiastical politics is not exclusive, but liberal. For those who want to become a teacher, there are no restrictions on gender, sexual orientation, or marital status. Marriage with those who believe in other religions is also permitted. The communion is given to all Christians, regardless of their denomination or age.
Operation and organization
The operating rules are set out in The Manual, which was enacted in 1925 and has been updated regularly since then.
President of the General Assembly
The external face of the church is the President of the General Assembly (Moderator). This position is elected at a general meeting held once every three years. The roles of the President of the General Assembly are as follows.
To lead the church. "To stimulate the manifestation of God's sense of God in people's hearts, and to bring the whole united church to life."
Visit pastoral districts nationwide. "To give sympathetic guidance and advice on various issues."
Be the first spokesperson of the United Church.
To supervise various subcommittees, executive officers, and deputy executive officers at the general meeting. The current President of the General Assembly is Gary Patterson, a pastor in Vancouver, British Columbia. He was elected on August 16, 2012 at the 41st General Assembly.
4 Courts of Governance
The operation of the United Church is divided into four levels of operation, the court.
Pastoral District (Church)
The basic unit of the United Church is the pastoral charge. It consists of one or more congregations under the spiritual guidance of one or a group of teachers. Pastoral districts with two or more churches are called "two-point districts" or "three-point districts."
The pastoral district is responsible for day-to-day operations. This includes raising funds for staff, maintaining facilities, worship, committee activities, and future plans. These are generally done in collaboration with the congregation, but fundraising from people in a wider area is also allowed unless it's like a game like a lottery, lottery, or bingo. The pastoral district is also responsible for recruiting and hiring church staff, including teachers, performers, and lay staff.