Along with other mainline denominations, the United Church is changing in some significant ways. And the way we organize ourselves at the national, regional, and congregational levels is also changing. This course will review the ecclesial structures that have long been in place; examine the evolving responsibilities of General Council, Regions, and congregations; and explore the impact of these changes on faith communities and ministry personnel. It will survey some of the new governance models that congregations and faith communities are adopting in response to the Church's demographic, cultural and financial realities, and examine some of the ways that new ministries are being organized. In addition, it will explore the United Church's relationship with other Christian bodies as well as with non-Christian religious organizations; and focus on issues such as accountability, collegiality, stewardship, and mission strategy.
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