The anglican diocese of montreal

Standing Committees

The four Standing Committees, on behalf of Diocesan Council, exercise general jurisdiction in, and have responsibility and authority for, the articulation, coordination, promotion, and supervision of that portion of Council's work assigned to them.

  • The Finance Standing Committee focuses on budget, stewardship and financial growth, investment, property, and accounting policy of the Synod.
  • The Nominating Standing Committee makes recommendations to Diocesan Council concerning membership in committees of the Diocese.
  • The Standing Committee on Mission ensures that the parishes of the Diocese are informed, challenged, and encouraged to be active in the areas of social justice and peace, service to the community, partnerships with the worldwide church, and the stewardship of creation.
  • The Human Resources Standing Committee conducts and supervises all pertinent work concerned with personnel and benefits, provides advice and counsel to the Bishop who acts as the de facto CEO of the Synod Office, and reports to Council as required.

Finance

Mandate

The Finance Standing Committee shall, on behalf of Diocesan Council, assist the Treasurer with respect to the articulation, coordination, promotion, and supervision of the financial affairs of the Synod. Within these areas of responsibility, and in a manner consistent with the general strategic goals set out by Diocesan Council, the Committee:

  • Shall have the responsibilities and authority common to all Standing Committees, as set out in sub-section 4.2 of the Regulations Concerning Committees of the Diocese of Montreal;
  • Shall advise and assist the Treasurer and Diocesan Council in the preparation and presentation to Synod of a recommended Synod budget of revenue and expenditure for the following year;
  • Shall advise and assist the Treasurer in coordinating and supervising the budget process, including broad consultations within the Diocese;
  • Shall, in advance to their presentation to Diocesan Council by the Treasurer, receive from the treasurer those reports which may be required by the constitution and canons concerning budget and expense;
  • Shall monitor and make recommendations to the treasurer and diocesan council to resolve any significant variances from budget in both expenditure and income, in all areas of the budget;
  • Shall have supervision over the audit functions of the synod, including the nomination to Synod, through Diocesan Council, of the auditor or auditors, and shall establish and support an appropriate and autonomous Audit Committee, which shall report to diocesan council;
  • Shall undertake any other task assigned to it by Diocesan Council.

Nominating

Mandate

The Nominating Committee shall have responsibility for nominating to Diocesan Council the appointed members of all committees and other related entities to which the diocese appoints representatives. Within this area of responsibility, and in a manner consistent with the general strategic goals set out by Diocesan Council, the Committee:

  • Shall have the responsibilities and authority common to all Standing Committees, as set out in sub-section 4.2 of the Regulations Concerning Committees of the Diocese of Montreal;
  • Shall make nomination to Diocesan Council for membership on committees and other related entities to which the Diocese appoints representatives; and
  • Shall select, in consultation with Standing Committee chairs, persons for nomination based first upon the criteria for selection which may be contained in the appropriate committee’s terms of reference, and second upon the general criteria of balance and diversity established by the nominating committee for all appointments.

Mission

Mandate

The Standing Committee on Mission shall, on behalf of Diocesan Council, exercise general jurisdiction in, and have responsibility for the articulation, coordination, promotion, and facilitation of the ministry and mission work of the diocese as it relates to the parishes and the committee’s sub-committees and those areas specifically entrusted to the Committee.

Within this area of responsibility, and in a manner consistent with the general strategic goals set out by Diocesan Council, the Committee:

  • Shall have the responsibilities and authority common to all standing committees, as set out in sub-section 4.2 of the Regulations Concerning Committees of the Diocese of Montreal;
  • Shall ensure that the parishes of the Diocese are informed, challenged, and encouraged to be active in the areas of resource sharing, new forms of ministry as well as social justice, service to the community, partnerships with the worldwide church, and the stewardship of creation;
  • Shall develop and facilitate resources to assist parishes in their ministry;
  • Shall develop and facilitate networks of cooperation and resource sharing between parishes and among diocesan, parochial, ecumenical, interfaith, social justice, community service, and other related groups;
  • Shall seek to initiate and facilitate partnerships and joint projects within the Diocese, and between the Diocese and parochial, ecumenical, interfaith, social justice, community service, and other related groups;
  • Shall facilitate information flow within the diocese and between the Diocese and other national, ecumenical, and interfaith bodies;
  • Shall be responsible, in the areas of ministry and mission, for the soliciting and administration of grant applications and the awarding of grants when such funds are available; and
  • Shall undertake any other task assigned to it by the Diocesan Council.

Human Resources

Mandate

The Human Resources Standing Committee shall, on behalf of the Diocesan Council, oversee the development and review of appropriate human resource policy for laity and clergy employed in the Diocese, and shall supervise the implementation of that policy.

Within this area of responsibility, and in a manner consistent with the general strategic goals set out by the Diocesan Council, the Committee:

  • Shall advise on the Diocese’s human resource strategy;
  • Shall recommend policy directions relating to terms and conditions of service, and the Diocese's employment practices;
  • Shall recommend policy directions for implementing existing and new employment legislation;
  • Shall recommend policy directions relating to the recruitment, retention, training, and development of the Diocese’s human resources;
  • Shall ensure that the Diocese develops and implements best practice in the management of its human resources;
  • Shall recommend policy directions for the implementation of appropriate conflict management or informal dispute mechanisms in the workplace;
  • Shall consider recommendations on policy matters from the Bishop, Executive Officer, Department Heads, employees, parishes, or other committees of the Diocese;
  • Shall, in a manner consistent with the Canons of the Diocese, oversee the work of the Clergy Remuneration Committee and the Lay Pension Committee and other sub-committees assigned to them by the Diocesan Council;
  • Shall monitor and review existing human resources policies;
  • May run training, programs, or events in support of its mandate;
  • May delegate specific responsibilities as appropriate;
  • Shall undertake any other task as assigned to it by Diocesan Council.