Governance Structure of the United Church of Canada
The United Church of Canada uses a four-court model of governance, consisting of pastoral charges; presbyteries; conferences and the General Council. The denomination is divided into 13 regional Conferences, which are further subdivided into 88 presbyteries, 2 districts and one synod. The number of pastoral charges within each presbytery varies as the boundaries of the presbyteries change from time to time, but a recent count shows 91 presbyteries. Most of the presbyteries are geographically arranged, covering all parts of Canada and Bermuda. Presbyteries within the All Native Circle Conference, representing congregations that identify with Aboriginal groups, overlap the geographical bounds of other presbyteries in several Conferences.
Conferences and Presbyteries
|Name of Conference||Regions Covered||Names of Presbyteries||Regions Covered|
|All Native Circle Conference||First Nations congregations across much of Canada including:|
|All Tribes Presbytery||First Nations in Alberta|
|Great Lakes Waterways Presbytery||First Nations in Ontario and Quebec|
|Keewatin Presbytery||First Nations in Northern Manitoba and Northwestern Ontario|
|Plains Presbytery||First Nations in the Prairies|
|British Columbia Conference||British Columbia||Cariboo Presbytery||Central and Interior British Columbia|
|Comox-Nanaimo Presbytery||Northern Vancouver Island|
|Fraser Presbytery||Southwestern BC mainland|
|Kamloops-Okanagan Presbytery||South-Central BC and the Okanogan Valley|
|Kootenay Presbytery||Southeastern BC mainland|
|Prince Rupert Presbytery||Northwestern BC mainland|
|Vancouver-Burrard Presbytery||City of North Vancouver, Northern area of Vancouver, Pemberton, Squamish, West Vancouver, Whistler|
|Vancouver South Presbytery||Ladner, Richmond, Tsawwassen First Nation, Southern Vancouver|
|Victoria Presbytery||Southern Vancouver Island, Gulf Islands, Victoria|
|Westminster Presbytery||Burnaby, Coquitlam, New Westminster, Port Moody|
|Alberta Northwest Conference|| Alberta |
Northeastern British Columbia
|Coronation Presbytery||East-Central Alberta including Drumheller, Camrose|
|Foothills Presbytery||South-Central Alberta including Banff|
|Northern Lights Presbytery||Northwestern Alberta, Northeastern BC, Yukon, Northwest Territories|
|Red Deer Presbytery||Red Deer and Central Alberta|
|Saint Paul Presbytery||North-Central Alberta|
|South Alberta Presbytery||Southern Alberta|
|Yellowhead Presbytery||Northeastern Alberta|
|Saskatchewan Conference||Saskatchewan||Chinook Presbytery||Southwestern Saskatchewan|
|Good Spirit Presbytery||Eastern Saskatchewan|
|Prairie Pine Presbytery||Western Saskatchewan|
|River Bend Presbytery||Saskatoon and Central Saskatchewan|
|Tamarack Presbytery||Northern Saskatchewan including Prince Albert|
|Twin Valleys Presbytery||Southeastern Saskatchewan including Qu'Appelle|
|Wascana Presbytery||The city of Regina and surrounding areas|
|Conference of Manitoba and Northwestern Ontario||Manitoba|
|Assiniboine Presbytery||Southwestern Manitoba including Brandon|
|Agassiz Presbytery||Southern Manitoba|
|Cambrian Presbytery||Northwestern Ontario including Marathon, Red Lake, Thunder Bay|
|Northland Presbytery||Northwestern and Western Manitoba|
|Selkirk Presbytery||Southeastern Manitoba|
|Winnipeg Presbytery||The city of Winnipeg|
|Manitou Conference||Northeastern Ontario |
Abitibi-Témiscamingue Region, Quebec
|North Bay Presbytery||The city of North Bay and surrounding area|
|Spirit Dancing Presbytery||Abitibi-Témiscamingue, Cochrance, Kapuskasing, Timiskaming, Timmins and surrounding areas|
|Sudbury Presbytery||Elliot Lake, Manitoulin Island, Sudbury and surrounding areas|
|London Conference||Southwestern Ontario|
|Algoma Presbytery||The Algoma District and the Eastern coast of Lake Superior including Sault Sainte-Marie, Manitouwadge, Wawa|
|Elgin Presbytery||Elgin County|
|Essex Presbytery||Essex County including the city of Windsor|
|Huron-Perth Presbytery||Huron County and Perth County|
|Lambton Presbytery||Lambton County|
|Middlesex Presbytery||Middlesex County|
|Oxford Presbytery||Oxford County|
|Hamilton Conference||Bruce Peninsula|
|Bruce Presbytery||Bruce Peninsula|
|Erie Presbytery||Brant County, Haldimand County, Norfolk County|
|Halton Presbytery||Regional Municipality of Halton including Oakville|
|Hamilton Presbytery||The city of Hamilton|
|Niagara Presbytery||The Niagara Region|
|Waterloo Presbytery||Cambridge, Guelph, Kitchener-Waterloo and surrounding areas|
|Toronto Conference||The Greater Toronto Area|
|Living Waters Presbytery||Muskoka Region and communities north of Toronto including Barrie|
|Northern Waters Presbytery||Angus, Borden, Durham, Owen Sound and surrounding areas|
|South West Presbytery||Southwestern region of the Greater Toronto Area|
|Toronto Southeast Presbytery||Southeastern region of the Greater Toronto Area|
|Bay of Quinte Conference||Southeastern Ontario||Four Rivers Presbytery||Brockville, Smiths Falls, Perth and surrounding areas|
|Four Winds Presbytery||Bath, Harrowsmith, Kingston, Wolfe Island and surrounding areas|
|Hills and Shores Presbytery||Brighton, Campbellford, Cobourg, Trenton and surrounding areas|
|Kawartha Highlands Presbytery||Beaverton, Haliburton County, Kawartha Lakes|
|Kente Presbytery||Belleville, Madoc, Prince Edward County|
|Lakeridge Presbytery||Ajax, Oshawa, Whitby and surrounding areas|
|Shining Waters Presbytery||Bancroft, Peterborough and surrounding areas|
|Upper Valley Presbytery||Arnprior, Denbigh, Pembroke, Renfrew and surrounding areas|
|Synode Montréal et Ottawa Conference||Ottawa, Ontario|
Most of Quebec
|Le Consistoire Laurentien||Laurentians, Numerous francophone congregations throughout Quebec|
|Montréal Presbytery||Laval, The city of Montreal, Saint-Jean-sur-Richelieu and surrounding areas|
|Ottawa Presbytery||The city of Ottawa, the Eastern Ottawa Valley and Gatineau, Quebec|
|Quebec-Sherbrooke Presbytery||Western, Central and Northern Quebec and the entirety of Nunavut, including the Côte-Nord region, the Eastern Townships, Nord-du-Quebec region and Quebec City|
|Seaway Valley Presbytery||Southeastern Ontario-Quebec border region including Prescott and Hawkesbury|
|Maritime Conference||Gaspé Peninsula |
Prince Edward Island
|Chignecto Presbytery||Southeastern New Brunswick and Western Nova Scotia including Amherst, Moncton, Sackville, Springhill and surrounding areas|
|Halifax Presbytery||Halifax Regional Municipality, Nova Scotia|
|Inverness-Guysborough Presbytery||Northeastern mainland of Nova Scotia and western Cape Breton including Guysborough County and Inverness County|
|Miramichi Presbytery||Northern and Northeastern New Brunswick, Gaspe Peninsula|
|Prince Edward Island Presbytery||Prince Edward Island|
|Pictou Presbytery||Northwestern mainland of Nova Scotia including Pictou County and Antigonish County|
|Saint John Presbytery||South-Central New Brunswick and the city of Saint John|
|South Shore Presbytery||Southern Nova Scotia including the South Shore|
|Saint Croix||Southwestern New Brunswick|
|Sydney||Eastern and Industrial Cape Breton including the Cape Breton Regional Municipality, Victoria County and Richmond County|
|Truro||Central Nova Scotia and the Northumberland Shore|
|Valley||The Annapolis Valley region of Nova Scotia and Digby County|
|Woolastook||Central and Western New Brunswick including Fredericton, Edmundston|
|Newfoundland and Labrador Conference||Newfoundland and Labrador||Western District||Western Newfoundland and Labrador including Port-aux-Basques, Saint Anthony, Happy Valley-Goose Bay, Forteau, Labrador|
|Eastern District||Eastern Newfoundland including the Avalon Peninsula and Fortune|
The denominational structure of the United Church consists of two main parts. The General Council itself meets every three years and consists of approximately 360 ordained, commissioned and lay commissioners who have been elected by their respective Conferences to set denominational policy and doctrine; to debate and discuss proposals and other work which appropriately comes before the highest court of the church; to elect a Moderator, and to serve for three years. From within the General Council an Executive and Sub-Executive are chosen to govern between triennial meetings. The General Council Office consists of the Moderator, the General Secretary and other support staff to the General Council, as well as members of the four permanent committees of the General Council, seven major working units and various other committees and task groups. The General Council Office is under the complete direction of the larger General Council and has a mandate to carry out the work which is given to them by the General Council.
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