Subseries - Conference Stewardship Council, 1982-1993

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Conference Stewardship Council, 1982-1993

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  • 1982 - 1993 (Creation)
    Conference of Manitoba and Northwestern Ontario. Conference Stewardship Council

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20 folders and 1 volume

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(Created 1983)

Administrative history

The Stewardship Council as one of four Councils created after the Conference Annual Meeting in 1983 as part of the new Conference administrative structure. The purpose of this Council was "to cultivate throughout Conference the knowledge and convictions concerning Christian Stewardship". The duties of the Stewardship Council included stewardship education, the receipt of requests for funding from the other Councils (Worship and Education, Ministry and Personnel, Evangelism and Social Action), bringing forward the Conference budget and staff support budget, convening the block grant and maintenance request forums, oversight of United Church House management, general oversight of Conference records and archives, the investigation and recommendation of special appeals, and the receipt of reports and financial statements from incorporated bodies and trusts. In addition to receiving the reports of incorporated bodies, the Conference Archives Committee reported to the Executive through the Stewardship Council. This was the only committee reporting through the Stewardship Council until a Women's Portfolio (known as the Women's Stewardship Committee after 1992) and a House Committee were added after 1988. In 1989, the Stewardship Education Committee was created with the mandate to promote Mission and Service within the Conference and to assist Conference in attaining the annual Mission and Service objective. A Finance Committee, with responsibility for financial administration and budgeting as well as the management of United Church House (previously the mandate of the House Committee), was added after 1991. After 1993, the education responsibilities of the Stewardship Council were assumed by the newly created Stewardship and Mission Unit. The Archives and Finance Committees thereafter reported to the Executive Unit. In addition, the Grace Church Fund Trustees and the Block Grant Forum reported to the Conference through the Stewardship Council.

Council membership consisted of a Chair, a Vice-Chair, a staff representative, Presbytery representatives and the Conference representatives to the General Council Division of Finance, the Department of Stewardship Services and the Division of Mission (Finance).

Custodial history

The Archives accessioned the items described here in 1996 as part of a larger accession of the records of Conference administration that had been stored at the Conference Offices at 120 Maryland. It appears that many of these items were created or acquired by Rev. Norm Velnes in his capacity as Stewardship Education and Administrative Support officer from 1980 to 1991 as well as by the officers of the Stewardship Council and its constituent committees. Items described here were discovered in an extremely disorganised state with items pertaining to various administrative functions mixed together and not in folders. A smaller accession was added in 2006.

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Items described here include minutes of the Council and Council Executive, 1982-1993; Council correspondence, 1988-1993; financial records, 1986-1993; and records of committees reporting to the Council.

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Where original folders were in a deteriorated condition or absent, items have been re-foldered.

Cheque vouchers, cancelled cheques, bank statements, cheque stubs and deposit books were discarded during this arrangement and description project.

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Rev. Velnes' files pertaining to property and maintenance claims for the period that the Council was in operation are described as part of the series "519/3 Administrative Support Staff".

For items pertaining to the Task Force to Review Mission Procedures with Keewatin Presbytery & All Native Circle Conference, 1989-1990 see the series "501/1 Committees, Task Forces and Working Groups Answering to the Executive and Sub-Executive and Special Committees of Conference".

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