After the new structures and processes were approved through the remit process at the 43rd General Council 2018, clusters and networks were brought to the forefront.
But really—what is a cluster? what is a network?
Defining Clusters and Networks
Though you may choose to interpret these in your own way, the Three Council Model remit (CRTG 3 in the GC42 Record of Proceedings 2015, page 239) defined them as
- Clusters: local clusters of communities of faith that would provide community and support for communities of faith and their leaders, and focus on worship, mission, learning, collegiality, and strategic planning.
- Networks: linking people working on specific issues (e.g. supportive housing, intercultural ministry, youth ministry) or for project work (e.g. event planning) that function through the whole church, depending on the issue.
These bodies are meant to bring people together around matters that are close to their heart in living out their faith in the world. There are many examples of clusters and networks already at work.
Joining or Starting a Cluster or Network
Are you interested in joining an existing cluster or network? Or starting one of your own? Reach out to your region to learn more about how to get started.
Check out these Technology Resources to support you in starting a cluster or network.
For More Information
For clusters and networks operating locally, check out your regional council’s website or reach out to them directly.
For networks operating across regions or nationally, reach out to IdentityandMission@united-church.ca.