Resolution Number: A128
Subject: Amendment to Faith, Worship, and Ministry Coordinating Committee Terms of Reference
Moved By: Finn Keesmaat-Walsh
Seconded By: The Rev. Dr. Karen Egan
Be it resolved that this General Synod:

Confirm the Terms of Reference for the Faith, Worship, and Ministry Coordinating Committee, as adopted by the Council of General Synod at its March 2022 meeting.

Source: Faith, Worship, and Ministry Coordinating Committee

Submitted By: Faith, Worship, and Ministry Coordinating Committee

Does this motion contain within it any financial implications? 

If yes, has the General Synod Expenditures Committee considered the implications? 

Yes     No


Procedural resolution.



In the normal course, an ordinary motion must be passed by a majority of the members of General Synod present and voting together.

Six members of General Synod may, prior to the question being put, require a vote by Orders, with a majority of each Order being necessary to pass. 

If a question passes on a Vote by Orders, any six members (two from each of three different dioceses) may immediately before the next item of business require a vote to be taken by dioceses.  A motion passes if a majority (or a tie) of dioceses vote in favour.

Source: Sections 4 and 5 of the Declaration of Principles and sections 18, 19 and 20 of the Rules of Order and Procedure.

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Resolution – Motion to Approve Revised Terms of Reference of the FWM Committee

March 2022

Moved by: Finn Keesmaat-Walsh
Seconded by: The Rev. Dr.  Karen Egan

Be it resolved that this Council of General Synod approve the following as Revised Terms of Reference for the Faith, Worship, and Ministry Committee to replace that which appears in Appendix B, Page 147 of the 19th Edition of The General Synod Handbook.

ADOPTED #CoGS 009-03-22


Terms of Reference
Faith, Worship, and Ministry Coordinating Committee

The Terms of Reference are in Two Parts: A. Mandate and B. Ways of Working

A. Mandate:

The FWM Committee shall fulfill the mandate of the General Synod with respect to matters of faith, worship, and ministry in The Anglican Church of Canada. Specifically, this means to:

    1. articulate standards and develop resources for worship and liturgy
    2. support General Synod’s responsibilities with respect to ministry, leadership, and theological education
    3. develop policy for, monitor, and animate inter-church dialogues
    4. develop policy for, monitor, and animate inter-faith dialogues
    5. support the Youth Secretariate as it manages policy for, supports and animates youth ministry across the country
    6. support the deepening of faith and discipleship
    7. promote theological reflection, and to provide resources to assist the church in its common life and witness in areas within its mandate

B. Ways of Working:

As indicated in Section 39B of the Constitution, the role of the Coordinating Committee is to provide coordination and oversight to the work which will be performed by staff members, task forces, working groups, or commissions. The committee shall establish and support those bodies best equipped to carry out the work mandated, and to support the development of national networks for areas within its mandate. The Coordinating Committee maintains formal liaison with the National House of Bishops. It intentionally liaises with those existing church partners, networks and organizations which connect with and further its work.

Revised March 12, 2022

Resolution download and history

Matthew 10:40-42


40 “Whoever welcomes you welcomes me, and whoever welcomes me welcomes the one who sent me. 41 Whoever welcomes a prophet in the name of a prophet will receive a prophet’s reward, and whoever welcomes a righteous person in the name of a righteous person will receive the reward of the righteous, 42 and whoever gives even a cup of cold water to one of these little ones in the name of a disciple—truly I tell you, none of these will lose their reward.”

John 15:12-17

12 “This is my commandment, that you love one another as I have loved you. 13 No one has greater love than this, to lay down one’s life for one’s friends. 14 You are my friends if you do what I command you. 15 I do not call you servants any longer, because the servant does not know what the master is doing, but I have called you friends, because I have made known to you everything that I have heard from my Father. 16 You did not choose me, but I chose you. And I appointed you to go and bear fruit, fruit that will last, so that the Father will give you whatever you ask him in my name. 17 I am giving you these commands so that you may love one another.

John 21:15-19

Jesus and Peter

15 When they had finished breakfast, Jesus said to Simon Peter, “Simon son of John, do you love me more than these?” He said to him, “Yes, Lord; you know that I love you.” Jesus said to him, “Feed my lambs.” 16 A second time he said to him, “Simon son of John, do you love me?” He said to him, “Yes, Lord; you know that I love you.” Jesus said to him, “Tend my sheep.” 17 He said to him the third time, “Simon son of John, do you love me?” Peter felt hurt because he said to him the third time, “Do you love me?” And he said to him, “Lord, you know everything; you know that I love you.” Jesus said to him, “Feed my sheep. 18 Very truly, I tell you, when you were younger, you used to fasten your own belt and to go wherever you wished. But when you grow old, you will stretch out your hands, and someone else will fasten a belt around you and take you where you do not wish to go.” 19 (He said this to indicate the kind of death by which he would glorify God.) After this he said to him, “Follow me.”

Luke 11:33-36

The Light of the Body

33 “No one after lighting a lamp puts it in a cellar or under a bushel basket; rather, one puts it on the lampstand so that those who enter may see the light. 34 Your eye is the lamp of your body. If your eye is healthy, your whole body is full of light, but if it is unhealthy, your body is full of darkness. 35 Therefore consider whether the light in you is not darkness. 36 But if your whole body is full of light, with no part of it in darkness, it will be as full of light as when a lamp gives you light with its rays.”

Matthew 8:1-4

Jesus Cleanses a Man

8 When Jesus had come down from the mountain, great crowds followed him, and there was a man with a skin disease who came to him and knelt before him, saying, “Lord, if you are willing, you can make me clean.” He stretched out his hand and touched him, saying, “I am willing. Be made clean!” Immediately his skin disease was cleansed. Then Jesus said to him, “See that you say nothing to anyone, but go, show yourself to the priest, and offer the gift that Moses commanded, as a testimony to them.”