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Records concerning ethnic ministries

Series includes correspondence/subject files relating to ethnic ministries, including; Becoming an Intercultural Church event, 2007, conflict transformation, 2002; Exploring Faith through the Eyes of Culturally Diverse People events, 2006-2009; and Ethnic Ministries’ history of Toronto Conference, 2009.

See also records of the Ethnic Ministries Committee (Series 4), records relating to Stewardship (Series 6/Subseries 4), and records relating to social justice (Series 6/Subseries 11)

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Records concerning Presbyteries and local churches

Series consists of predominantly correspondence, reports, service bulletins, and other records relating to Presbyteries and pastoral charges, within the boundaries of Toronto Conference, 1925-2007. These files were created and maintained predominantly by the Executive Secretary and other Conference administrative and program staff.

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Records concerning chaplaincy

The Chaplaincy Coordinator, created circa 1983, enabled the Conference and its Chaplaincy Committee to initiate, support, hold accountable and celebrate a variety of chaplaincy services (hospitals, correctional and other institutions) within the boundaries of Toronto Conference. The position ceased to exist circa 1997.

Series consists of correspondence and reports regarding chaplaincies and chaplains in Toronto Conference, 1977-1997, Chaplaincy Coordinator reports, 1981-1997; and various ecumenical task group reports on chaplaincy, 1980-1992.

See also records of the Chaplaincy Committee (Series 4) and records of Mission Support Grants (Series 6/Subseries 7)

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Records concerning camps

Camping was under the supervision of the Mission of Canada Camping Committee ca. 1972 and then the Camping Subcommittee of the Christian Development Committee. The Camping Committee hired a Coordinating Director for Camping in the 1970s to communicate directly with camps within the boundaries of Toronto Conference, to organize staff training events, and to report to Conference and to Committee on camping ministry. By 1996, this work became part of the Conference Minister for Christian Development with Youth and Young Adults, Camping and Children portfolio. In 2001, the position became Conference Minister for Christian Formation and Congregational Development, Camping.

Series consists of correspondence files of the Coordinator Director for Camping, 1971-1989, correspondence files of the Conference Minister for Christian Development, including reports and surveys, 1990-1996, and files, including minutes, reports, and marketing materials, of camps within Toronto Conference, including: Camp Big Canoe, 1967-2000; Camp Cedar Glen (includes Camp Kehoe), 1967-1974; Camp Friendly Acres, 1961, 1970; Camp Lorrain, 1970-1974; Camp Simpresca, 1970-1998; Lake Scugog Camp, 1962-2008; Ryde Lake Camp, 1970-1973; Sparrow Lake Camp, 1969-2007; and Wesceneaskin, 1957-2006.

See also records of Camping Committee (Series 4) and records of the Conference Minister for Christian Development (Series 6/Subseries 1)

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Records concerning finance, mission strategy, and property

Series includes financial journal, 1925-1957, financial correspondence and reports, 1974-1988, mission strategy correspondence, 1989-1995; mission and financial support correspondence, 1992; bequests and endowments, 1976-2009; funds and funding, 1981-2003; Multi-Faith Advisory Committee for Seniors, 1989-1990; National Mission Support Consultation, 1998-2000; National Mission Strategy Consultation, 1999; Ontario/Quebec Native Ministries Council, 1988-1990; Extra Appeals and Special Campaigns, 1989-1995; mission strategy, 1977-1992; Mission and Service Fund, 1991-1994; and correspondence files regarding real property, 1962-2008.

See also records of related Conference Committees (Series 4) and records of corporations (Series 6/Subseries 6)

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Records concerning corporations

Incorporated ministries within the boundaries of Toronto Conference focused on mission work relating to housing, child care, credit unions, camps, community organizing, and extension councils. Oversight of the incorporated ministries, originally under the Presbyteries, became the responsibility of Conference in 2007.

Series consists of files, including correspondence, reports, financial statements, and/or letters patent, of incorporated ministries within the boundaries of Toronto Conference, 1961-2018 The files were created mostly by the Executive Secretary and the Conference Minister of Mission Strategy.

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Records concerning social justice

Social justice work at Toronto Conference was the responsibility of particular Conference Committees, including Church in Society and World Affairs (previously World Outreach) and their subcommittees. Conference Minister of Christian Development supported the work relating to social justice at the Conference level in 1988. In 1998, a new position of Conference Minister for Social Justice and Ethnic Ministries took on this work. Following the reorganization of Toronto Conference in 2009, a new position of Social Justice Animator was created.

Series consists of general correspondence, predominantly of the Conference Minister for Social Justice and Christian Development, 1988-1993, 2004-2005; and correspondence/subject files relating to social justice issues, locally, nationally and internationally, including: aboriginal rights, 1990-2008; accessibility issues, 1992-1993; Afghanistan war, 2007; affirming congregations, 204; Canadian Ecumenical Anti-Racism Network, 2002-2005; Caribbean and North American Council for Mission, 2005; child poverty, 006; Coordinating Committee of Ontario Conferences, 1992-1994; Democratic Republic of Congo, 2003; Dove Tales, 2003-2005; Economy, 1994; Faith-based schools, 2007; Gulf War, 1990-1991; International AIDS Conference, 2005-2006; Iran, 2007; Justice Global and Ecumenical Relations, 2002-2009; marriage, 2003-2005; Metropolitan Action Committee on Violence Against Women and Children, 2004-2005; Minimum wage, 2007; Oka, 1990; Operation Christmas Child, 2002-2005; Royal Commission on Learning, 1994-1994; September 11, 2001; Tsunami, 2005; Social Justice Network of Ontario Conferences, 2004-2009; Social justice events, 1999-2006, and United Church Women, 2003-2004.

See also records of the Executive Secretary (Series 3) and records of the Church in Society Committee and World Affairs Committee (Series 4).

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Records concerning stewardship

Program staff responsible for stewardship provided counsel, training and administrative support to Toronto Conference and presbyteries in the area of stewardship of the church’s resources. It fell under the responsibility of the Stewardship Committee with the support of the assigned Conference Minister. From 1976-1978, it was the responsibility of the Conference Minister for Mission Strategy and Stewardship. From 1979 to the mid-1990s, it was the responsibility of the Conference Minister for Stewardship and Communication. The program work for a short period in the 1990s shared a portfolio with Ethnic Ministries. Stewardship then became part of the work of the Conference Minister for Christian Formation and Congregational Development in 2001.

Series consists of correspondence of the Minister of Stewardship and Communication, 1990-1994; general correspondence and subject files, 1977-2007; records regarding Presbytery concerns, 1980-1995; Mission and Service Fund, 1991-2008; Mission and Service Interpreters’ Program, 1986-1990; and Stewardship workshops and events, 1984-2008.

See also Records of Stewardship Committee and Financial Stewardship Overview Group (Series 4) and Records of Finance, Mission Strategy and Property (Series 6/Subseries 5).

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Records concerning mission support projects and other grants/loans

Series consists of summaries, applications, correspondence, reports, and financial records of Mission Support Grants recipients (including Conference bodies, local churches, mission units and community organizations), 1975-2008; applications and correspondence with recipients (including local churches, mission units, and community cooperatives) of Capital Assistance Funds, 1975-2006; applications of recipients (including centers of education, groups and individuals) of the Cedar Glen Fund, 2005-2008; application forms, data and summaries of the Investment in People Fund (learning opportunities for lay people), 1982-2000; policies and procedures, correspondence and applications for Life Long Learning Fund, 1991-2000; applications, correspondence and reports of recipients of Ventures in Mission funding for church development/redevelopment, 1986-2000; and correspondence and reports of other grants, loans and funds including Watkins Fund for Senior Adults), 1988-2001.

Files were predominantly created and maintained by the Conference Minister for Mission Strategy and associated committees.

See also Records of the Mission and Support Grant Committee and Life Long Learning Committee (Series 4), and Records of Conference Minister for Mission Strategy (Series 6/Subseries 5)

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Records relating to personnel

The position of Conference Minister for Pastoral Care and Counsel was created in 1975 to consult pastoral charges with personnel matters, to provide administrative support in the area of Ministry, Personnel and Education, and to be a liaison with the Presbytery Pastoral Relations Committees. This position had been later named, Personnel Officer, Conference Minister for Personnel Policy and Support and then lastly Personnel Minister. There were at times two positions responsible for personnel.

Series consist of correspondence and subject files relating to personnel, created predominantly by the Conference Minister for Pastoral Care and Counsel, and later the Personnel Officer, 1976-2003; Conference Staff reviews, 1975-1994; and ministry personnel files, 1974-2003.

See also records of the Executive Secretary (Series 3) and records of the Ministry, Personnel and Education Coordinating Group and subcommittees (Series 4)

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Records concerning Christian development/Christian formation, congregational life and leadership development

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).

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Records concerning communications

The position of the Communication Associate was established in 1978 as a volunteer position within the Toronto Conference Office to assist Conference with developing more effective means of communication. The position was responsible for developing Conference annual meeting resources, serving as staff liaison with the Conference newsletter, INSIGHT, assisting in planning and conducting of workshops relating to communications and assisting with special events publicity. From 1981-1989, the Conference Minister of Communication and Stewardship, was responsible for providing counsel, training and administrative support to Toronto Conference and presbyteries in the area of communication. It would later be added to the responsibilities of the Conference Minister for Christian Formation and Congregational Development in 2001.

Series consists of records concerning workshops, publications and events with the purpose of fostering communication, 1980-2009.

See also records of Communications Committee (Series 4) and records of Conference Minister of Communication and Stewardship (Series 6/Subseries 4).

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