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The Conference Minister for Christian Development position began in 1975 to provide assistance to Presbyteries and mission units in planning for Christian Nurture and training adequate leadership, to research approaches to leadership, to assist in the administration of the lay leadership training fund, to provide consultative services and program resources to members of the order of ministry and the appropriate Conference Committee in the area of continuing education and professional development. The Conference Minister supported the work of the Christian Development Committee and its subcommittees. In 1985, this position was renamed Conference Minister for Christian Development and Congregational Life. The position also consulted with presbyteries and sessions/official boards in their exercise of care and oversight of the life and ministry of congregations. In 1988, the work of the program was divided so the congregational piece was separate and under the portfolio of the Conference Minister for Congregational Life and Leadership Development. Christian Development then included social justice. In 2001, all this work became part of the Conference Minister for Christian Formation and Congregational Development. The position focused on Christian formation, communication, evangelism, leadership and congregational development, Mission and Service Fund, spirituality, and stewardship.
Series consists of correspondence and subject files, relating to: Christian development, 1987-1994; Christian formation (includes children and youth), 2001-2008; congregational life and leadership (including AOTS), 1989-1993; evangelism (including First Nation communities), 2002-2008; issues and programs (including children, youth, and Sunday School programs), 1984-2000; Leadership and Congregational Development, 2001-2008; Ministry with Children, 1993-1994; spirituality, 2001-2008; workshops and events, 1986-1999; and youth and young adults, 1990-1994.
See also Records of Christian Development Committee and its subcommittees, Christian Formation and Congregational Development Committee, Financial Stewardship Overview Group and Stewardship Committee (Series 4). See also Records concerning Stewardship (Series 6/Subseries 4) and Records concerning Communication (Series 6/Subseries 3).
United Church of Canada. Toronto Conference