United Church of Canada. Division of Mission in Canada (B.C.)

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United Church of Canada. Division of Mission in Canada (B.C.)

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The Division of Mission in Canada (B.C.), or D.M.C. (B.C.) was established in 1981, as an amalgamation of the Division of Congregational Life and Work and the Division of Missions at the Conference level. The Division of C.L.&W. was established in 1964 to coordinate the work of the Christian Education Committee, the Evangelism and Social Service Committee, the United Church Men, and the United Church Women. In 1969, the Christian Education and Evangelism and Social Service Committees were replaced by three departments - Research and Resources, Leadership Development, and Outreach. The former two were combined the next year to for the Resources Development Department. In 1971, the General Council brought together the Boards of Christian Education, Evangelism and Social Service, Home Missions, U.C. Men, U.C. Women and the Committee on Leadership Development, to form the Division of Mission in Canada. It consisted of two departments, Christian Development and Church in Society. In 1977, the national Division was reorganized into working units that combined the nurturing and social action functions of the original departments. In B.C., some attempt was made to achieve closer cooperation with the national bodies, but throughout the 1970s, the Resources Development and Outreach Departments continued to function within the Division of C.L.& ., and the Home Missions Committee as a separate body; the three groups dealt separately and independently with the national .M.C. Upon its creation in 1981, the D.M.C. (B.C.) had working units similar to those of the national Division. Working units set up in 1981 were Congregational Planning and Growth; Evangelism and Worship; Ministry with Children; Ministry with Youth; Ministry with Adults; Health, Housing and Social Services; Socio-Economic Development; and Recreation and Leisure. Provision was made for the establishment of additional working units and task forces, project teams, or ad hoc groups as the need arose.

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