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Episcopal Leadership Working Group Report & Governance Update Town Hall Meetings

Episcopal Leadership Working Group Report

In June of 2020, following the announcement of the retirement of the Right Reverend Peter DeC. Fenty, Bishop Andrew Asbil, the twelfth Bishop of Toronto, announced the formation of the Episcopal Leadership Working Group (the ELWG) with a mandate to consider and report to him on alternative models for the exercise of episcopal leadership, oversight, and pastoral ministry within the Diocese of Toronto. Read the Report and watch this video (see below) from Bishop Asbil.

Anglicans in the Diocese are also encouraged to take part in Town Hall meetings in May to discuss the Report with Bishop Asbil. Register below to attend these Zoom meetings. You can also provide your feedback.




Bishop Andrew Asbil talks about the Episcopal Leadership Working Group Report



Thank you for taking the time to read and reflect on the Episcopal Leadership Working Group Report. The work of the ELWG offers some intriguing proposals for the renewal of Episcopal leadership. While Bishop Asbil will be proposing a course of action based on the recommendations and options, he invites you to contribute to the process by answering two questions, in preparation for the Town Halls which will be held over Zoom in May.

For the Town Hall Meeting registration, click here


Governance Working Group Update

The Governance Working Group was formed as one of five focus areas under the Growing in Christ Strategic Plan. It started reviewing the governance structure and sought input from various stakeholders.

The common thread of concerns related to the current Membership of Diocesan Council  was that it was an unwieldy structure, had incoherent decision-making processes, and difficulty navigating the committee structure.

At Synod in 2019, the original proposal for Synod Council Membership included:

  • Diocesan Council and the Executive Board be amalgamated into one body called Synod Council.
  • Synod Council be reduced to a maximum of 25 members.
  • Six committees be established.

The Working Group has developed a revised proposal for Synod Council Membership. Learn more about how the Working Group addressed issued requiring further attention and the proposals to address them.