Conference of Manitoba and Northwestern Ontario. Conference Home Missions Committee.

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Conference of Manitoba and Northwestern Ontario. Conference Home Missions Committee.

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Generally, Home Missions were concerned with missionary activities at home (in Canada, Newfoundland and Bermuda) as distinct from Foreign Missions which were located overseas. The Board of Home Missions approved funding for mission activities in the Manitoba Conference on the recommendation of the Presbytery and Conference Home Missions Committees. Day to day supervision of Home Missions within the Conference was the responsibility of the Superintendent of Home Missions who was appointed by the Board on the recommendation of the Conference. Home Missions involved work with First Nations peoples as well as Inner City Missions and Missions for new immigrants. Home Missions also included Chaplaincies that were established in remote areas such as mining communities and hydroelectric dam construction sites as well as at prisons and hospitals. Residential and day schools for First Nations students were operated by Home Missions. Church Extension funds, which were distributed by the Board of Home Missions, made possible the building of churches in newly settled areas and the construction of new facilities for established congregations. Church Extension funds also supported a campaign to improve church manses, especially on the Prairies. The main feature which distinguished Aid-Receiving Charges and Mission Fields from other congregations in the Conference is the fact that they were not self-sustaining (they could not raise the minimum salary for a minister) but relied on grants from the Board of Home Missions in order to operate. The Conference Home Missions Committee was one of the original Standing Committees of Conference created in 1925 and it continued in existence until 1973. In 1972, a major restructuring of the administration of the United Church resulted in the responsibilities of the Board of Home Missions being absorbed by the newly created Division of Mission. Within the Conference, the Conference Committee of Congregational Life and Work, which had been in existence from 1969, briefly took over responsibility for mission activities. The last meeting of the Conference Home Missions Committee took place in January of 1973.

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